The theme of this year’s plenary session is “Outdoors Rising: Facing Forward."
8:00 AM | Call to Order 8:05 AM | Color Guard
8:20 AM | Welcome From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Eric Sutton, Executive Director
Bo Rivard, Commission Chairman
8:30 AM | Welcome From the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Virgil Moore, President
8:35 AM | Remarks from the Department of Interior
Aurelia Skipwith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
8:40 AM | Outdoors Rising Let’s talk about customers, millennials and others, and how fish and wildlife agencies can best reach them and engage them with products and services.
A.J. DeRosa, Northwoods Collective
Chet Hervey, Northwoods Collective
Andrew McKean, Powderhook
9:10 AM |Facing Forward Let’s talk about state and provincial agencies of the future – institutional capacity and constructs for thoughtful engagement with customers and a proactive policy culture.
Travis Ripley, Fish and Wildlife Policy, Alberty, Canada
Sara Parker Pauley, Missouri Department of Conservation
9:45 AM | Adjourn
A.J. DeRosa Northwoods Collective A.J. DeRosa is an American filmmaker most known for the award-winning Project Upland Series. He is also the critically acclaimed author of The Urban Deer Complex and considered one of the foremost authorities on suburban deer behavior in the country. A.J. has a passion for sustainable living, conservation, and millennials as the driving force for the future of hunting.
Chet Hervey Northwoods Collective Chet Hervey is the Managing Partner of Business Affairs at Northwoods Collective. He lives in the chimney of northern Idaho with his wife, son, and their Braque du Bourbonnais. Chet spends his falls chasing pheasant and quail, his winters coaching youth hockey, his springs chasing turkey, and summers tenkara fly-fishing and/or boating on the Snake River.
Andrew McKean Powderhook Andrew McKean is director of Powderhook, a digital mentoring tool that connects beginning hunters with experienced guides. Prior to joining the Nebraska-based Powderhook, McKean served as both editor-in-chief and hunting editor of Outdoor Life magazine. He worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, served as Rocky Mountain editor for Fishing & Hunting News, and broke into journalism as a reporter and editor at newspapers across the West. McKean is the author of “How To Hunt Everything” and serves on the board of the Mule Deer Foundation. He lives in eastern Montana with his family and contributes to a number of national hunting and outdoors publications.
Sara Pauley Missouri Department of Conservation Sara Parker Pauley serves as the ninth Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation since its formation in 1937. The Missouri Conservation Commission announced Pauley’s selection effective November 1, 2016. A native of Columbia, Pauley received both her law degree and bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and did post-graduate studies in Australia as a Rotary Fellow. She previously served as Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources since 2010. She has worked as project manager for D.J. Case & Associates, a natural resources communications firm, and as a deputy director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. She has been an instructor at the University of Missouri’s School of Natural Resources, teaching a course in natural resource policy and administration. Pauley began her professional career as a Policy Analyst with the Missouri Department of Conservation from 1993-1996. Over the years, though her career path varied, it has never strayed far from her personal desire to be engaged in the stewardship of Missouri’s natural resources.
Travis Ripley Fish and Wildlife Policy, Alberta, Canada Travis has been in the fish and wildlife field for the provincial government over 25 years, starting his career as a fisheries biologist before moving into wildlife. He completed his college diploma and undergraduate degree in Lethbridge before completing his graduate work at the University of Alberta, focusing on bull trout. Travis represents Alberta on a variety of national and international committees and boards. Like many state and provincial staff involved in fish and wildlife, Travis enjoys hunting and fishing with his family.
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