To date, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Arizona Game and Fish Department have trained agency leaders as coaches in "Thinking Like a Manager," assigned staff as coordinators for this intervention, applied the methodology of managers' models to a variety of management issues on several scales, and generally adopted a policy of systematic integration of biological and human dimensions of issues in decisionmaking.
impact statement issue
State wildlife management agencies are under increasing stress as demands for services increase while agency funding and capacity stall or decline. A particular challenge is adoption of a robust approach to wildlife conservation and management at the state level that integrates biological and human dimensions into decision making. The Human Dimensions Research Unit (HDRU) in the Department of Natural Resources has explored this dilemma, focusing on wildlife management professionals, wildlife management stakeholders, and the interactions of these key actors as subjects of inquiry and the targets of education and outreach.
impact statement response
Working with colleagues (graduates of the HDRU program) from Michigan State University, Wildlife Management Institute, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service, an intervention has been underway to improve wildlife management practice at the state level. This program includes a multi-pronged approach, with publications in standard professional journals, preparation of "practitioners' guides" and a novella, creation of a methodology called "managers' models," development of a workshop to train coaches in "Thinking Like a Manager," and hands-on involvement of HDRU experts advising practitioners. At the invitation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, HDRU experts have launched an intervention to integrate human and biological dimensions in a comprehensive approach to conservation and management.
impact statement summary
This project increases capacity of wildlife managers in state government to achieve sustainable conservation and management of wildlife resources, leading to outcomes that are acceptable to stakeholders and ensure long-term viability of wildlife.