MAFWA Directors’ Annual Meeting

Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Annual Directors' Meeting

Please Join Us!

Image of people fishing from dock.The 84th Annual Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Directors’ Meeting will be held  Sunday, June 25 – Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in Ashland, Nebraska.

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. Registration is open! Review the schedule below, then register online to participate.

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The following schedule is preliminary and subject to change (as of May 9, 2017). Please check back for updates.

  • Dress Code: casual attire throughout the conference.
  • Meeting Room Assignments: TBD for all meetings and meals (breakfast and lunch). Other events located as indicated on agenda.
SUNDAY – JUNE 25, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. MAFWA Executive Committee
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. President’s Welcome Reception (MAFWA)
Sponsored by National Wild Turkey Federation
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Room
Sponsored by NASP
MONDAY – JUNE 26, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by Archery Trade Association
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Greetings and Welcome to Nebraska
Jim Douglas, MAFWA President and NE Director
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
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by D.J. Case & Associates
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Keynote Address: Growing & Cultivating a Conservation Minded Constituency
Steve Williams – Wildlife Management Institute
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Director Group Photo
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon
Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited and Canadian North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) Partners
Presented by – The Awards Committee
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Blue Ribbon Panel Update
Ron Regan – AFWA Executive Director
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Current State of Conservation and Recreation Culture
Clint Runge – Managing Director of Arch Rival
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Social Outreach
Christy Firestone – Communications Director, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy
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 Berthelson, Ron Regan, Kelley Myers, Ed Boggess
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Field Trip Prep (Board Buses at 5:00 at Peter Kiewit Lodge)
5:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Henry Doorly Zoo Field Trip/Dinner
Sponsored by Brandt Information Systems – Richard Wise & Tiffani Santagati

  • Zoo Tours and Social Time
  • Dinner – (board buses to return to the park at 8:45)
9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Room
Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops
TUESDAY – JUNE 27, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by Kalkomey
8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Monarch Butterfly Initiatives
Kelley Myers – USFWS
8:20 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Bees and Butterflies
Pete Berthelson – Pheasants Forever
8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Monarch Conservation Updates
Ed Boggess – MAFWA Monarch State Liaison
Claire Beck – MAFWA Monarch Technical Coordinator
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 LLC Coordinator
  • Brad Potter – Upper Midwest & Great Lakes LCC Coordinator
  • Bill Moritz
  • Sarah Parker Pauley
  • Elsa Haubold
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by National Rifle Association
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. AFWA Report
Ron Regan, AFWA Executive Director
Nick Wiley, AFWA President and Florida Fish and Wildlife Director
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
  • Private Lands
  • Public Lands
  • Wildlife Action Plan
  • Wildlife and Fish Health
  • Current Wildlife Health Issues – Dr. John Fischer
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Sponsored by Pheasants Forever
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. MAFWA Committee Reports (continued)
Facilitator: Ollie Torgerson
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
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
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mountain Lion Research in Nebraska
Sam Wilson – NGPC
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Nebraska’s Outdoor Venture Park Project and Related Programs
5:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Platte River State Park – Field Trip/Dinner (Board Buses at 5:15 at Peter Kiewit Lodge)
Sponsored by Fresh Air Educators – Bill Creighton

  • Outdoor Heritage Education Center – A Friendly Shooting Sports Competition
  • Walter Scott Lodge – Dinner
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Room
Sponsored by National Shooting Sports Foundation
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Conference Registration Desk Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
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
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by AMFGLEO
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
12:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns


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.

Two Ways to Register: 

Pricing is as follows: 

  • Full Conference registration $325 ($350 after May 19th)
  • One-day Registration (Monday) $175
  • One-day Registration (Tuesday) $175
  • One-day Registration (Wednesday) $100
  • Sunday Reception Only $50
  • Guest/Spouse Registration $150
  • Children – Ages 15 and Under FREE

Overnight Accommodations:

Mini-lodge cabin at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park.

This year’s meeting will be held at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. This ultra-modern park offers a spectacular array of lodging, group meeting facilities and activities. Located near Ashland, just off of I-80 at exit 426, Mahoney nestles on 700 acres along the picturesque Platte River. You have a number of different lodging options to choose from at the park.

Lodge Rooms
The Peter Kiewit Lodge (where the majority of our meeting sessions will take place) has 40 lodge rooms each with AC and heat, wireless Internet, telephone, TV and a private bath. Sixteen have sleeping lofts with electric fireplaces and all but 16 rooms have walkout decks that overlook the park or the Platte River.

Cabin Notes
Secluded on wooded ridge tops, the modern cabins offer a more private lodging option. Each of our two, four, or six bedroom cabins come complete with air conditioning/heat, fireplace, TV, refrigerator, range, microwave, and outdoor deck and grill. Linens, tableware and basic cookware are provided.

For more information on lodging options, including pictures and specific details on the types of beds / room options available, visit the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park website. To make your reservation, contact Cassandra Dean at or 402-944-2523 ext 7344.

Transportation & Parking Information:

A young girl riding horseback with her family on the trails at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park.

Nebraska’s state parks are treasured destinations for outdoor recreation and have been for nearly 100 years. In order to keep your Nebraska state parks fun and safe for all, the Commission has adjusted park permit fees. Different rates will now be charged to vehicles licensed inside and outside of Nebraska. Annual park permits are now $30 for vehicles licensed in Nebraska and $45 for vehicles licensed in other states. Daily park permits are $6 for vehicles licensed in Nebraska and $8 for vehicles licensed in other states. Thank you for your ongoing support of your beautiful Nebraska state parks!

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
National Wild Turkey Federation
Pheasants 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.
National Rifle Association
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Refreshment Break Sponsors:

Mule Deer Foundation
National Wildlife Federation
The Nature Conservancy

Signage Sponsor:

Voss Signs