MAFWA Directors’ Annual Meeting

Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Annual Directors' Meeting

Thank You for Joining Us!

Image of people fishing from dock.The 84th Annual Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Directors’ Meeting was held  Sunday, June 25 – Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in Ashland, Nebraska. The meeting theme was “Growing and Cultivating a Conservation Minded Constituency.” Thank you to everyone who participated!

The MAFWA Directors’ Meeting is for senior level management of natural resources professionals in the fields of wildlife and fisheries management, information and education, licensing and administration, law enforcement, and conservation engineering.

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Schedule:

The following schedule is from the 2017 Meeting. 

  • Dress Code: casual attire throughout the conference.
  • Meeting Rooms are located in the Peter Kiewit Lodge: All meetings will be held in the Red Oak / Abel Nebraska Rooms on the Upper Level. Breakfast will be held at The Lodge Restaurant on 1st Floor, and lunch will be in the Lower Level Meeting Rooms. Other events located as indicated on agenda.
SUNDAY – JUNE 25, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open 2nd Floor Balcony
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. MAFWA Executive Committee Cedar Room
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. President’s Welcome Reception (MAFWA)
Sponsored by National Wild Turkey Federation – Remarks by Becky Humphries
Lodge Restaurant, 1st Floor of Peter Kiewit Lodge
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Room
Sponsored by National Archery in the Schools Program
Cabin 53 in Margre’s Village Cabin Area
MONDAY – JUNE 26, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by Archery Trade Association – Remarks by Dan Forster
Lodge Restaurant, 1st Floor of Peter Kiewit Lodge
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open 2nd Floor Balcony
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Greetings and Welcome to Nebraska
Jim Douglas, MAFWA President and Nebraska Director
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. State Hot Topics: Each Director will describe a recent agency challenge and response as a teaching moment.
Nebraska’s Hot Topic – CHAT – Incorporation in MAFWA
Open Discussion on State Reports
Facilitator: Jim Douglas
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by D.J. Case & Associates
Walkway outside upper-level meeting rooms
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. NASP® Works – Summary of 2017 Survey of NASP® Students
Jeff Rawlinson, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Keynote Address: Growing & Cultivating a Conservation Minded Constituency
Steve Williams, Wildlife Management Institute
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Director Group Photo Staircase
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon 
Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited and Canadian North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) Partners — Remarks by David Brakhage (DU) and Dean Smith (Canadian NAWMP)Presented by The Awards Committee – Keith Sexson, Chair

  • Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
  • Fisheries Biologist of the Year
  • Wildlife Biologist of the Year
  • Spirit of the Shack
  • Excellence in Conservation
  • Special Recognition Service Award
  • President’s Award
Lower Level Meeting Rooms
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Blue Ribbon Panel Update
Nick Wiley, AFWA President and Florida Fish & Wildlife Director
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The State of Youth Culture
Clint! Runge, Managing Director of Arch Rival
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Conservation Communications and Social Outreach
Christy Firestone, Communications Director, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy – Great Plains Division
Walkway outside upper-level meeting rooms
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: How do Different Disciplines and Partners Come Together to Reach a Broader Audience?
Panelists: Steve Williams, Pete Berthelsen, Ron Regan, Kelley Myers, Ed Boggess
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Offsite Dinner Event: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
Sponsored by Brandt Information Services. Welcome Remarks by Richard Wise and Tiffani Santagati. Remarks by Henry Doorly Zoo Executive Director and CEO-Dennis Pate (invited).Join us at Omaha’s world-renowned Henry Doorly Zoo for an evening of drinks and dining at the African Lodge. Modeled after lodges found in the African savanna, the African Lodge overlooks the zoo’s four-acre elephant exhibit and wading pool. Enjoy private tram tours and visit with a few special animal guests in this unique setting, which is home to the world’s largest indoor desert and America’s largest indoor rainforest.This event is included in the full conference registration fee, and transportation will be provided as follows: board buses at 5:00 p.m. for departure to Zoo, and board at 8:45 p.m. for return trip. The drive is approximately 45 minutes.

  • Social time and Tram Tours 5:45 – 7:45 p.m.
  • Dinner at African Lodge from 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.
Offsite: Henry Doorly Zoo
9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Room
Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops
Cabin 53 in Margre’s Village Cabin Area
TUESDAY – JUNE 27, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by Kalkomey – Remarks by Mitch Strobl
Lodge Restaurant, 1st Floor of Peter Kiewit Lodge
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open 2nd Floor Balcony
8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Monarch Butterfly Initiatives
Kelley Myers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
8:20 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Bees and Butterflies
Pete Berthelsen, Conservation Blueprint, LLC
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Monarch Conservation Updates
Ed Boggess, MAFWA Monarch State Liaison
Claire Beck, MAFWA Monarch Technical Coordinator
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Midwest LCC’s: An Opportunity to Improve Regional Collaboration and Action
Facilitated by Jim Douglas

  • Kelley Myers, Tall Grass Prairie LCC Coordinator
  • Brad Potter, Upper Midwest & Great Lakes LCC Coordinator
  • Bill Moritz
  • Sarah Parker Pauley
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by National Rifle Association
Walkway outside upper-level meeting rooms
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. AFWA Report
Ron Regan, AFWA Executive Director
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MAFWA Committee Reports
Facilitator: Ollie Torgerson

  • Climate Change
  • Deer and Wild Turkey
  • Feral Swine
  • Furbearers
  • Hunter and Angler Recruitment and Retention
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal
  • National Conservation Needs
  • CITES
  • Private Lands
  • Public Lands
  • Wildlife Action Plan
  • Wildlife and Fish Health
  • Current Wildlife Health Issues – Dr. John Fischer
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Sponsored by Nebraska Big Game Society and The Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (Iowa Chapter) – Remarks by Jon Thomas (NBGS) and Craig Nakamoto (FNAWS).
Lower Level Meeting Rooms
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. MAFWA Committee Reports (continued)
Facilitator: Ollie Torgerson
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Walkway outside upper-level meeting rooms
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Federal Partners Session

  • Jim Kurth, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Noreen Walsh, Region 6 Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Steve Kuennen, Deputy Regional Forester, U.S. Forest Service
  • Janet Bucknall, Eastern Regional Director, U.S Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Wildlife Services
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mountain Lion Research in Nebraska
Sam Wilson, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Nebraska’s Outdoor Venture Park Project and Related Programs
Tim McCoy, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
5:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Offsite Dinner Event: Platte River State Park
Sponsored by Fresh Air Educators – Remarks by Bill CreightonTake part in a friendly shooting sports competition and enjoy refreshments at the one-of-a-kind Outdoor Heritage Education Center at Platte River State Park. Come to play or come to compete! Instructors will guide you through a series of fun archery, shotgun, and rifle activities or you can simply enjoy the idyllic scenery of the Platte River Valley while you mingle. After the fun and games, dinner will be served at the Walter Scott Lodge. While you’re here don’t miss out on the spectacular views from the 85 foot Lincoln Journal Star Tower located outside the Lodge.”This event is included in the full conference registration fee, and transportation will be provided as follows: board buses at 5:15 p.m. for departure to Platte River; and board at 8:45 p.m. for return trip. The drive is approximately 15 minutes.

  • Shooting activities and refreshments from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Board buses at 7:30 pm for dinner at Walter Scott Lodge
Offsite: Platte River State Park
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Room
Sponsored by National Shooting Sports Foundation
Cabin 53 in Margre’s Village Cabin Area
WEDNESDAY – JUNE 28, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever – Remarks by Rick Young
Lodge Restaurant, 1st Floor of Peter Kiewit Lodge
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Conference Registration Desk Open 2nd Floor Balcony
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. MAFWA Business Meeting
Jim Douglas, MAFWA President

  • Call to Order and Roll Call
  • Agenda Review
  • Approval of 2016 Annual Meeting Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report — Roger Luebbert
  • Audit Committee Report — Terry Steinwand (ND)
  • Investments Committee Report — Kurt Thiede (WI)
  • Resolutions Committee Report — Terry Steinwand (ND)
  • Awards Committee Report — Keith Sexson (KS)
  • Bylaws Committee Report — Sara Parker Pauley (MO)
  • Executive Secretary’s Report — Ollie Torgerson
  • Approval of Affiliate Members — Ollie Torgerson

Old Business

  • National Wild Pheasant Plan Update — Scott Taylor
  • Greater Prairie Chicken/Sharp-tail Grouse Plan Update – Keith Sexson (KS)
  • Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference – Cindy Delaney & Carol Bambery

New Business

  • Mid-Continent Monarch Strategy Report — Bill Moritz (MI)
  • 2018 Farm Bill Strategy — Jim Douglas (NE)
  • 2018 Budget Approval — Roger Luebbert
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by AMFGLEO
Walkway outside upper-level meeting rooms
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MAFWA Business Meeting (continued)
Jim Douglas, MAFWA President

  • Closing Comments – President’s Remarks
  • Passing of Gavel to Next State
Red Oak/Abel Nebraska Conference Rooms
12:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns

Registration:

Full Conference Registration includes Welcome Reception on Sunday, Breakfast Monday – Wednesday, Lunch Monday and Tuesday, and offsite Dinners (with transportation as needed) on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Single Day Registration includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Refreshment Breaks on the day that you attend. Registration is closed as this event has passed. 

 

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2017 Directors’ Meeting! 

Major Level Conference Sponsors:

Brandt Information Services
Fresh Air Educators
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Region 3

Gold Level Conference Sponsors:

Archery Trade Association
Henry Doorly Zoo
Iowa Chapter of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep
Kalkomey
National Wild Turkey Federation
Nebraska Big Game Society
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Mountain-Prairie Region
U.S. Forest Service – Region 9
USDA APHIS – Wildlife Services

Silver Level Conference Sponsors:

Bass Pro Shops
Canadian NAWMP Partners
Ducks Unlimited
National Archery in the Schools Program
National Shooting Sports Foundation

Bronze Level Conference Sponsors:

DJ Case and Associates, Inc.
Gush Water Co.
National Rifle Association
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Refreshment Break Sponsors:

AMFGLEO
Mule Deer Foundation
National Wildlife Federation
The Nature Conservancy

Signage Sponsor:

Voss Signs