As conservation priorities have shifted away from an early focus on game species management toward biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, many conservation biologists have little experience with hunting. Despite this, the tax and fee revenues from hunting provide the predominant source of funding for state wildlife agencies, and hunters can be vocal and influential stakeholders regarding conservation efforts ranging from wetland restoration to gray wolf re-introductions to lead-free bullet initiatives. This workshop seeks to improve understanding of current conservation issues involving hunting, discuss ways to improve cooperative conservation efforts, as well as offering an option to complete a hunter safety and education course required by U.S. states and Canadian provinces to hunt.
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Luke Macaulay grew up in Temple, Texas, and graduated with a BA in philosophy and literature from the University of Notre Dame. He worked for the U.S. Department of Justice for several years, ultimately working as the spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. He changed his professional direction in 2007, when he decided to pursue his passion of working in rangeland and wildlife management, earning a masters degree in range management in 2010 at UC Berkeley. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley and his research focuses on the economic and conservation potential of paid hunting programs on private lands.
Mark A. Heath—Principal, Restoration Biologist, Pest Control Advisor: Mark has a degree in biology from UC Santa Cruz and has worked over 17 years as a biologist and environmental educator for State and Federal resource management agencies and private biological consulting firms. His past work has focused on wildlife and fisheries science until he discovered invasive weeds at Shelterbelt several years ago. He is now considered an expert in invasive plant control and works collaboratively with wide variety of organizations such as Weed Management Areas, California Native Plant Society, and the California Invasive Plant Council to develop new and better methods to identify, respond to and manage invasive plants. Mark is a licensed Agricultural Pest Control Advisor and holds a Qualified Applicators License in 6 different pest control categories. As President of Shelterbelt, Mark prepares restoration plans, designs and manages projects, and still finds time to work in the field from time to time.
Charlie De La Rosa is a Ph.D. student of ecology at UCLA, studying feral dogs on Isla Cedros, Baja California. His questions have to do with dog habitat use and how they use unevenly distributed resources at the intersection of terrestrial, marine, and anthropogenically altered ecosystems. He’s also interested in citizen science, environmental education, and community involvement in conservation. Before starting graduate studies, Charlie managed the invasive plants program on Catalina Island.
Selected Speaker Biographies:
Justin Brashares is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2001. He conducted postdoctoral research as an NSF International fellow at the University of Cambridge. Brashares has studied the population, community and behavioral ecology of mammals and birds in East and West Africa and North America since 1990. In his research, he relies on long-term counts of wildlife populations as well as information gained in the study of individually identified animals to advance the science and practice of conservation biology. His research currently focuses on the causes and consequences of bushmeat hunting in Africa, conservation of small populations in western North America, and landscape ecology and conservation of African ungulates.
Tom Dickson has been editor of Montana Outdoors since 2002. Before then he had worked 14 years as a communications manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where he won numerous national awards for writing, editing, and communications projects. He is also co-author of a fishing and natural history book, Fishing for Buffalo, and has written for National Wildlife, Fly Fisherman, Sporting Classics , and other publications.
Ben Long earned a degree in journalism from University of Idaho. After graduation, he spent a decade as a newspaper reporter, covering government, politics, outdoors and natural resource issues for newspapers in Idaho and Montana. He has also worked as a biological technician for the US Forest Service. In 1998, he left newspaper work, making a living as a freelance writer and book author. He is the author of two books on wildlife themes, Backtracking: By Foot, Canoe and Subaru on the Lewis & Clark Trail and Great Montana Bear Stories (Riverbend Publishing), and produced the short film, “Skookum Huck.” Today, Long is the northern Rockies program director for Resource Media, a non-profit organization that helps conservation and public health advocates with strategic communication. In 2000, he helped campaign for a statewide voter initiative in Montana that banned captive shooting of game farm animals and stopped the expansion of commercial game farms.
Joel Webster joined the TRCP in 2007 and has spent much of the past decade working alongside hunting and fishing groups, wildlife managers, decision makers and agency leaders to shape federal public lands management for the benefit of fish, wildlife and sportsmen. A born and raised Westerner and lifelong sportsman, Joel is committed to hunter/angler issues and has been since he was first old enough to carry a rifle. Joel was intimately involved in the development of the Idaho and Colorado roadless rules and the creation of the new National Forest System planning rule. Joel has worked alongside the TRCP western team to balance public lands energy development with other resources, such as fish and wildlife habitat, and is currently working with diverse interests to conserve unfragmented fish and wildlife habitat in areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Joel lives in Missoula, Mont. and earned a Masters of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana.