Last week, CSF Western States Manager Andy Treharne and Communications Coordinator Cole Henry traveled to Midway, Utah to join state fish and wildlife agency employees from throughout the country at the Association for Conservation Information (ACI) conference, hosted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Serving as the non-profit association for information and education professionals working in the conservation world, ACI hosts the annual event to provide a forum for state agency communicators and others to exchange ideas and new concepts and improve their communication and marketing skills in a collaborative fashion.
On Tuesday, July 16, Treharne spoke to the group, providing attendees with an overview of CSF’s mission and efforts to organize pro-sportsman elected officials affiliated with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC).
The presentation also provided CSF with the opportunity to highlight the ways in which state agencies and their employees can benefit from developing strong working relationships with sportsmen’s caucus legislators and governors in their respective states. The ACI conference also served as an ideal venue to make sure that state agency communicators are aware of and know they have access to CSF’s 2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report (SEIR) and state economic impact reports that can prove particularly useful for agency employees seeking to promote the recreational activities that ultimately support professional management of the public fish and wildlife resources.
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Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?