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NAWMP Webinar Series: Exploring Stakeholders’ Support for and Potential Stewardship of Michigan’s Coastal Wildlife Management Areas
State wildlife agencies (SWAs) primarily rely on hunter-related funds to pay for wildlife and habitat management at wildlife management areas (WMAs). As hunting participation declines, there are concerns about the future of wildlife conservation support and funding, relevancy of SWAs, and long-term sustainable wildlife management. To address these concerns, there have been recommendations such as increasing and diversifying outdoor recreation opportunities, connecting wildlife conservation to the broader ecosystem services provided by wildlife management actions, and exploration of broad-based funding mechanisms. My recent doctoral research sought to understand the stewardship potential of key stakeholders that use Michigan DNR WMAs that are intensively managed for waterfowl habitat and waterfowl hunting opportunities. During this webinar, I will present results from assessing stakeholder attitudes and preferences for WMA management; investigating stakeholder perceptions of ecosystem services resulting from WMA management; exploring key variables that influence conservation behaviors; and exploring support for a diversity of funding options among WMA stakeholders. I will also present several implications and recommendations for SWAs to consider and how the Michigan DNR is incorporating these findings into its planning and management of WMAs

Dec 13, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Barbara Avers, Ph.D.
Waterfowl and Wetland Specialist @Michigan Department of Natural Resources