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Election time: call for board member nominees

Do you know someone who is passionate about restoration or wildlife conservation, and is looking to apply their skills by getting involved with TWS working groups? We are currently looking for nominees for the Executive Board of the Habitat Restoration and Conservation Working Group (HRCWG) of The Wildlife Society. We invite you to nominate a colleague, friend or yourself. Please inquire to Ray (ray.dueser[at]virginia.edu) by Wednesday, September 14th, 2022. Three positions are available:

CHAIR – The Chair has general supervisory responsibility for the Executive Board … (and) may represent the Working Group to other Working Group, Chapter, Section, or Society Boards, committees, or meetings, including The Wildlife Society Council. Upon completion of a full one-year term as Chair, the Chair succeeds to the position of immediate Past Chair.

CHAIR-ELECT – The Chair-Elect leads the Program and Technical Session Committee for planning and organizing the Society’s Annual Conference. Upon completion of a full one-year term as Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect succeeds to the position of Chair.

SECRETARY-TREASURER – The Secretary-Treasurer is responsible for the files, records, and funds of the Working Group. Duties include recording and issuing the minutes of all meetings; maintaining the Working Group’s files and records; receipt and disbursement of funds; preparing and submitting an annual fiscal-year financial report to the Executive Board, members, and Society; and preparing an annual budget for approval by the Executive Board. Two-year term.

Join us at the annual meeting in Spokane 2022

We are excited to announce that we have two activities to add to your conference schedule!

Panel discussion on the Decade for Restoration of the United Nations

Tuesday, November 8 at 8:30-10:00 AM

The UN Decade for Restoration is a Network of over 150 partner organization for global restoration initiatives that will take place from 2021-2030. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance human livelihoods, counteract climate change, and halt the collapse of biodiversity. The UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration is building a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future. The strategy is focused on ten key points:

  1. Empower a global movement
  2. Finance restoration on the ground
  3. Set the right incentives
  4. Celebrate leadership
  5. Shift behaviors
  6. Invest in research
  7. Build up capacity
  8. Celebrate a culture of restoration
  9. Build up the next generation
  10. Listen and learn

The Habitat Restoration and Conservation Working Group is engaged with the UN Decade for Restoration and will be bringing guest speakers to inform TWS members about this international movement. This panel discussion will introduce the objectives, goals, and strategy of the Decade, and explore the many opportunities for engagement by TWS members. It will focus diverse ways in which wildlife science skills, experience, and collective wisdom can advance the planning and practice of global ecosystem restoration and conservation.

Workshop -> Habitat Restoration and Conservation with a RAD New View

Wednesday, November 9 at 1:00-5:00 PM

The Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD) framework is a decision-making tool that helps resource managers make informed decisions for answering to ecological challenges resulting from climate change. The framework has been adopted to manage ecosystems by several organizations including several state and provincial and the federal U.S. and Canadian governments.

As part of the workshop, we will be presenting a couple of case studies where the R-A-D framework can be applied to assist in managing unpredictable ecosystem changes. This is your chance to help develop the workshop by submitting case studies that you believe will be applicable to management efforts that build upon the adaptive management approach to wildlife restoration and conservation activities. Case studies across any and all habitat types are encouraged as the transformation of ecosystems is not restricted to specific areas.

Feel free to reach out to our board to learn more!