Welcome and Plenary: Communicating Sustainable Use of Fish and Wildlife

ROOM: RSCC, Hall 5
As society continues to become more urbanized, the general public has become less and less connected to the natural world and to activities in the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing. At this session, attendees will be welcomed to Reno with opening remarks from several esteemed guests. Then, our featured plenary speakers will focus on the topic of communicating concepts of sustainable use, and how science-based management, including use of our renewable fish and wildlife resources, are critical for continued conservation success.


Darren Miller – Welcome and Opening Remarks
President, TWS

Jesse Trushenski – Welcome and Opening Remarks
President, AFS

Tony Wasley – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Director, Nevada Department of Wildlife

Chuck Bonham – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Director, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Robert Wallace – Welcome and Opening Remarks
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Rebecca “Becky” Humphries — The Circle of Life in Today’s World
Chief Executive Officer, National Wild Turkey Federation
Becky Humphries is the CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. Prior to becoming the Chief Conservation Officer and now the CEO position of the NWTF, she worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for 32 years. Starting as a field biologist and culminating her career as the Director of the agency, she worked on numerous public communication challenges. She has also worked for Ducks Unlimited and has held national leadership positions in state and federal advisory committees and conservation nonprofit organizations. Her talk will focus on the terms “sustainable, “renewable” and “local” — terms with positive connotation to many in our society. Individuals are actively using their buying power to support goods and services that they find as positive. Becky will explore how we communicate as a profession compared to marketers approach this communication challenge. Are we missing opportunities to connect with people with our professional jargon?

Zeb Hogan
University of Nevada, Reno
Hogan is a research assistant professor in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, but you may know him as the star of National Geographic’s Monster Fish television show. Now in it’s sixth season, the show has taken Hogan to six of seven continents in an effort to raise awareness of the world’s largest freshwater fish and the fragile ecosystems they inhabit.

Shane Patrick Mahoney — Animal Sentience and Human Empathy: Navigating the Increasingly Complex Future of Sustainable Wildlife Use
President & CEO, Conservation Visions Inc.
Shane Patrick Mahoney, President of Conservation Visions and Founder of the Wild Harvest Initiative®, is an internationally-recognized conservationist and wildlife advocate, and is considered a foremost expert on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Former Executive Director of Sustainable Development and Strategic Science for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Shane serves as Deputy-Chair of IUCN’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi); International Liaison for The Wildlife Society; and Deputy President of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation’s Policy and Law Division.



Location: Reno-Sparks CC Date: September 30, 2019 Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm