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Tuesday, January 30 • 10:20am - 10:40am
SYMPOSIA-10: Encouraging Civic Engagement in Fisheries Management

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AUTHORS. Carl Pedersen, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT. Collaborative programs that engage civic groups, school groups, lake associations and individual volunteers are a valuable part of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Walker Area Fisheries Office work plan.  Including non-governmental participation in the day to day Walker office operation not only allows area staff the ability to collect additional data but also builds strong bonds with community members and interested parties.  These bonds prove invaluable when conflicts arise.  Having already established a relationship and having community members take an active role in fisheries management develops a level of trust in the staff and the data collected.  Through input group processes with associations from Walker Area lakes many lessons have been learned that make the process run more smoothly. Examples (or case histories) will be provided.  

Tuesday January 30, 2018 10:20am - 10:40am CST