• Photo by Bridgette Abele
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Approved Workshops

WAFWA directors currently sanction 11 technical workshops. These workshops convene on different (albeit predetermined) schedules, and at different locations determined by the state or province that volunteers to host the event.

Following is a listing of WAFWA sanctioned workshops:

  • Administrative Officers to be held October 1-4, 2017 Stevens, Washington (held annually)
  • Black Bear to be held in 2018, Colorado (held every three years)
  • Deer and Elk to be held May 1-5, 2017 Sun Valley, Idaho (held in odd numbered years)
  • Desert Bighorn Council to be held in April, 2017 Utah (held in odd numbered years)
  • Human/Wildlife Conflicts scheduled 2017, WY (odd Years)
  • Mountain Lion to be held in May 2017, Colorado (held every three years)
  • National Quail Symposium to be held July 26-28, 2017 Knoxville, TN (held every five years)
  • Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council last held May 9-12, 2016 Moscow, ID/Pullman, Washington (held in even numbered years)
  • Pronghorn last August 29 - September 1, 2016 Anaconda, Montana (held in even numbered years)
  • Western States Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Technical Committee last held June 13-16, 2016 Lander Wyoming (held in even numbered years)
  • Western States Wild Turkey Technical Committee (held annually)

Purpose of Workshops

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) began sanctioning workshops in the mid-1970s. There currently are 11 sanctioned workshops recognized by the Directors of the Association. These workshops include ones that are species' specific and others that are tailored to certain disciplines within the wildlife profession. These workshops are established to provide a forum for wildlife professionals to interact with each other on new research, management, enforcement and administrative practices, and to use this new information to promote better management of species or administration of member agencies. The Directors annually review applications for workshops and the schedule of those already sanctioned, and also hear from workshop hosts about significant findings, developments, accomplishments and concerns emanating from the workshops, including the policy ramifications of any recommended actions. Simply put, the Directors see this "sanctioning" process as an ongoing means to keep abreast of important issues. As such, these workshops generally receive the highest priority for attendance by agency personnel. Once "sanctioned", these workshops are authorized to use the name of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on printed materials related to the workshop, and hosts are encouraged to acknowledge the Association's participation. This participation, however, does not extend to financial assistance.

The Directors of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies have established application and approval procedures, as well as operating guidelines and reporting requirements for sanctioned workshops. These procedures and guidelines are designed to provide for timely review and action on the Directors' part, and the applicant the opportunity to learn what it takes to host a successful workshop and understand the feedback mechanisms that are required to the Association.