Session Co-chairs - Michael Anderson, Institute for Wetland & Waterfowl Research,
Ducks Unlimited Canada Dale Humburg - Ducks Unlimited Inc.
The waterfowl management community continues to challenge itself to achieve more efficient and effective use of limited budget and staff resources and to ensure sustainable populations, adequate habitat and hunting opportunity. Recently, this has included an assessment of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), an Adaptive Harvest Management Task Force review, and a report from a Joint Task Group focused on clarifying NAWMP population objectives and their use in waterfowl management. A culmination of these efforts was a “policy summit” held in Minneapolis, Minnesota during 26-28 August 2008 entitled “The Future of Waterfowl Management Workshop: Framing Future Decisions for Linking Harvest, Habitat, and Human Dimensions.” Objectives for the workshop were to help participants: know enough about the features and workings of a coherent framework to understand the benefits of greater coherence; develop a personal stake in the outcome and commit to playing a role; and identify and support actions within their own agencies necessary to advance components of a more coherent framework.
Specific recommendations from the workshop were to: 1) advance the work of the Human Dimensions Working Group and 2) to utilize the next NAWMP update to develop more coherent goals for waterfowl harvest and habitat management.
This plenary session will examine the progress made during the year following the Minneapolis workshop. We urge presenters to challenge the waterfowl community with recommendations for next steps leading to greater coherence in waterfowl management. The specific objectives of this plenary session are to:
Critically examine the outcomes and progress since the 2008 waterfowl management workshop
Highlight examples of waterfowl policy and management that demonstrate new approaches to strengthening coherence
Further engage the waterfowl management community in the implementation of strategies to ensure coherence in waterfowl management
Plenary 5. Linking Harvest, Habitat, and Human Dimensions: An Update
Oral Presentations - Thursday afternoon, 20 August 2009
Robert G. Clark, G. Scott Boomer, Michael C. Runge, Michael G. Anderson, James H. Devries, John M. Eadie, Mark Koneff, Joseph P. Fleskes, Dave Haukos, David N. Koons, Todd Sanders, Robert Trost, and Wayne Thogmartin