Stewardship Stories   Empowering   the   Peoples’ Voice   prepared for  (but never delivered) A Cancelled Education Sessio...
<ul><li>Resilience Theory Approach:   </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor shifts in human ecosystems, values, and behavior in order ...
Wildlife Stewardship Stories   Listening to UDWR Employees’ Voices <ul><li>Top Stories Affecting Resilience:   </li></ul><...
<ul><li>Top Three Utah Stories </li></ul><ul><li>Themes of Highest Priority to Address Resilience  </li></ul><ul><li>Urban...
<ul><li>Causes of Resilience Risk & Stewardship Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing urbanization & development  </l...
<ul><li>Causes of Resilience Risk & Stewardship Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing urbanization & development (Tee...
<ul><li>Causes of Resilience Risk & Stewardship Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing urbanization & development (Tee...
<ul><li>Causes of Resilience Risk & Stewardship Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing urbanization & development (Tee...
<ul><li>More </li></ul><ul><li>Causes of Resilience Risk & Stewardship Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Demographic   Issue...
  Stewardship Stories   Empowering t he Peoples’ Voice   Toward   Resilient Utah Communities <ul><li>1. Regularly obtain u...
  Stewardship Stories   Empowering t he Peoples’ Voice   Toward   Resilient Utah Communities <ul><li>1. Regularly obtain u...
  Stewardship Stories   Empowering t he Peoples’ Voice   Toward   Resilient Utah Communities <ul><li>1. Regularly obtain u...
  Stewardship Stories   Empowering t he Peoples’ Voice   Toward   Resilient Utah Communities <ul><li>1. Regularly obtain u...
Monitor community shifts in wildlife value orientation The Wildlife Values study described 4 value orientation audiences: ...
Wildlife Value Orientation  Where Utah Communities   fit in the West 48% 33% 20% 33% 20% 21% 11% 13% Avg. Utah has 15% mor...
30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Utah Percent Residing in City or Large City Values in Utah Communities Mutuali...
Values in Utah Communities Western States vary in trusting their governments; Utahns trust more than most! Source: Teel et...
Utah’s Communities Face Resilience Challenges & Opportunities Low Environmentalism &  Low Mutualism Utah Utah has the lowe...
Resilient Communities Share Stewardship Stories     Empowering Utahns through EcoTourism <ul><li>Utah is unique among most...
Resilient Communities Share Stewardship Stories     Empowering Utahns through EcoTourism <ul><li>Utah is unique among most...
Resilient Communities Share Stewardship Stories     Empowering Utahns through EcoTourism <ul><li>Utah is unique among most...
Resilient Communities Share Stewardship Stories     Empowering Utahns through EcoTourism <ul><li>Utah is unique among most...
Thanks for ‘ bearing ’ with me.   Any  questions? Resilience Recommendations for Utah Establish a statewide thematic eco-t...
Sources: Hoffer, E. ( 2005)  FUTUREdition, Vol.  8, No. 15., Oct. 13 edition. The Arlington Institute. Inglehart, R. (1990...
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  1. 1. Stewardship Stories Empowering the Peoples’ Voice prepared for (but never delivered) A Cancelled Education Session Utah Preservation Conference Salt Lake City, Utah May 1 st , 2009 DANA E. DOLSEN, UDWR Wildlife Planning Manager &quot;In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.&quot;    - Eric Hoffer, 20 05. Toward Resilient Utah Communities
  2. 2. <ul><li>Resilience Theory Approach: </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor shifts in human ecosystems, values, and behavior in order to respond rapidly and readily adapt to stressors &/or impacts. </li></ul><ul><li>The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) undertook two different analyses in the past few years: </li></ul><ul><li>1.) a survey of state wildlife agency employees to measure the degree of concern held regarding a variety of escalating wildlife conflict issues, which when receiving media coverage become stories. </li></ul><ul><li>2.) a 19 state regional survey to determine trends among the western publics for protectionism/use & materialism/ post-materialism in relationship to wildlife, wildlife management, and wildlife values, i.e., relationships in community. </li></ul>Stewardship Stories Empowering t he Peoples’ Voice Toward Resilient Utah Communities
  3. 3. Wildlife Stewardship Stories Listening to UDWR Employees’ Voices <ul><li>Top Stories Affecting Resilience: </li></ul><ul><li>Level of Concern of Western State Employees </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation Conflicts/Urban Conflicts/ </li></ul><ul><li>Land Access (High) </li></ul><ul><li>Threatened & Endangered Species (High) </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife Diseases (High) </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-hunting/Animal Rights Groups (High) </li></ul><ul><li>Invasive Species (Medium) </li></ul><ul><li>Affected States: AK, AZ, CO, ID, KS, </li></ul><ul><li> MT, NM, OK, SD, UT. Black-footed ferrets in NE Utah </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Top Three Utah Stories </li></ul><ul><li>Themes of Highest Priority to Address Resilience </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Wildlife Conflicts </li></ul><ul><li>- Urban Hunting </li></ul><ul><li>- Depredation </li></ul><ul><li>- Nuisance Wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>Hunter/Angler/Boater Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>- All Terrain Vehicle Use </li></ul><ul><li>Hunting Techniques/Methods </li></ul><ul><li>- Baiting </li></ul><ul><li>- Canned/Will Call Hunts </li></ul><ul><li>- Hunting with Hounds </li></ul>Wildlife Stewardship Stories Listening to UDWR Employees’ Voices
  5. 5. <ul><li>Causes of Resilience Risk & Stewardship Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing urbanization & development </li></ul><ul><li>(Teel et al. 2005) </li></ul>Stewardship Stories Empowering the Peoples’ Voice Toward Resilient Utah Communities
  6. 6. <ul><li>Causes of Resilience Risk & Stewardship Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing urbanization & development (Teel et al. 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting societal values to post-materialism & protectionism (e.g.,mutualism) </li></ul>Stewardship Stories Empowering the Peoples’ Voice Toward Resilient Utah Communities
  7. 7. <ul><li>Causes of Resilience Risk & Stewardship Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing urbanization & development (Teel et al. 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting societal values to post-materialism & protectionism (e.g.,mutualism) </li></ul><ul><li>Economic downturns (e.g., financial instability, pitting development against conservation (counter to the Western States’ trend toward decreasing materialism & utilitarianism) </li></ul>Stewardship Stories Empowering the Peoples’ Voice Toward Resilient Utah Communities
  8. 8. <ul><li>Causes of Resilience Risk & Stewardship Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing urbanization & development (Teel et al. 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting societal values to post-materialism & protectionism (e.g.,mutualism) </li></ul><ul><li>Economic downturns (e.g., financial instability, pitting development against conservation (counter to the Western States’ trend toward decreasing materialism & utilitarianism) </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing loss of private lands access for hunting, increasingly more expensive fee hunting access to private lands with disproportionate nonresident presence </li></ul>Stewardship Stories Empowering the Peoples’ Voice Toward Resilient Utah Communities
  9. 9. <ul><li>More </li></ul><ul><li>Causes of Resilience Risk & Stewardship Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Demographic Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing proportion of older adults in the populace </li></ul><ul><li>Decreasing youth hunting/angling participation due to competing interests and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Decreasing youth hunting/angling opportunity due to increasing numbers of single parent and dual-income families </li></ul>Stewardship Stories Empowering the Peoples’ Voice Toward Resilient Utah Communities
  10. 10. Stewardship Stories Empowering t he Peoples’ Voice Toward Resilient Utah Communities <ul><li>1. Regularly obtain updates on rural communities’ stories of stewarding working landscapes for wildlife and share as well as leverage them. </li></ul>Avoid burying our heads in the sand by: Burrowing owls (not communities) !
  11. 11. Stewardship Stories Empowering t he Peoples’ Voice Toward Resilient Utah Communities <ul><li>1. Regularly obtain updates on rural communities’ stories of stewarding working landscapes for wildlife and share as well as leverage them. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Regularly monitor shifts in wildlife value orientations in the resident populace and learn from them. </li></ul>Avoid burying our heads in the sand by: Burrowing owls (not communities) !
  12. 12. Stewardship Stories Empowering t he Peoples’ Voice Toward Resilient Utah Communities <ul><li>1. Regularly obtain updates on rural communities’ stories of stewarding working landscapes for wildlife and share as well as leverage them. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Regularly monitor shifts in wildlife value orientations in the resident populace and learn from them. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Focus on land, water and wildlife conservation “Best Practices” i.e., planning, management & evaluation. Be proactive and enhance diversity. </li></ul>Avoid burying our heads in the sand by: Burrowing owls (not communities) !
  13. 13. Stewardship Stories Empowering t he Peoples’ Voice Toward Resilient Utah Communities <ul><li>1. Regularly obtain updates on rural communities’ stories of stewarding working landscapes for wildlife and share as well as leverage them. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Regularly monitor shifts in wildlife value orientations in the resident populace and learn from them. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Focus on land, water and wildlife conservation “Best Practices” i.e., planning, management & evaluation. Be proactive and enhance diversity. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Be positive and forward-thinking in the opportunities to interact with and inform media sources about conservation stewardship. Strive for community transparency and relevance. </li></ul>Avoid burying our heads in the sand by: Burrowing owls (not communities) !
  14. 14. Monitor community shifts in wildlife value orientation The Wildlife Values study described 4 value orientation audiences: Utilitarians - “Wildlife are for human use.” Positive toward hunting & fishing. Mutualists - “Wildlife are part of an extended family.” See ideal world where humans wildlife live together without fear. Pluralists - BOTH Utilitarian AND Mutualist. Distanced - Neither relate to the use or the inclusion of wildlife in their lives. Less attracted to & more concerned about safety around wildlife. Stewardship Stories Empowering the Peoples’ Voice Toward Resilient Utah Communities
  15. 15. Wildlife Value Orientation Where Utah Communities fit in the West 48% 33% 20% 33% 20% 21% 11% 13% Avg. Utah has 15% more Utilitarians; 13% less Mutualists . Cultural Influence
  16. 16. 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Utah Percent Residing in City or Large City Values in Utah Communities Mutualists by Urbanization across Western States Utah’s high Utilitarianism & urbanization coupled with our relatively low Mutualism, puts us closest to NE, OK, ID and then MT & ND. UT is an outlier. % M u t u a l i s t Source: Teel et al. 2005.
  17. 17. Values in Utah Communities Western States vary in trusting their governments; Utahns trust more than most! Source: Teel et al. 2005 . Inglehart (1990) hypothesized that a Post-Materialism Society shift was due to less trust in government and greater environmentalism. 54% (California) 81% (North Dakota) 68% (8 th ) State Fish & Wildlife Agency (my state’s fish & wildlife management) 37% (New Mexico) 70% (South Dakota) 63% (4 th ) State Government (my state). 30% (Oregon) 53% (Utah) 53% (1st) Federal Government (my country). Lowest % (State) Highest % (State) Utah % (State Rank) The extent that I trust my _ to do what is right for (…).
  18. 18. Utah’s Communities Face Resilience Challenges & Opportunities Low Environmentalism & Low Mutualism Utah Utah has the lowest level of Environmentalism across the West! 39% Source: Teel et al. 2005.
  19. 19. Resilient Communities Share Stewardship Stories Empowering Utahns through EcoTourism <ul><li>Utah is unique among most western states in its wildlife diversity & value orientations – </li></ul><ul><li>EcoTourism can enhance rural community resilience & capacity. </li></ul>~ Spadefoot frog tadpole ~ Utah wildlife is also undergoing a metamorphosis adapting to us. Resilient communities need to be primed to tell their stewardship stories for both health & wealth!
  20. 20. Resilient Communities Share Stewardship Stories Empowering Utahns through EcoTourism <ul><li>Utah is unique among most western states in its wildlife diversity & value orientations – EcoTourism can enhance rural community resilience & capacity. </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship stories can address the impending impact of population growth, land development & urbanization. </li></ul>~ Spadefoot frog tadpole ~ Utah wildlife is also undergoing a metamorphosis adapting to us. Resilient communities need to be primed to tell their stewardship stories for both health & wealth!
  21. 21. Resilient Communities Share Stewardship Stories Empowering Utahns through EcoTourism <ul><li>Utah is unique among most western states in its wildlife diversity & value orientations – EcoTourism can enhance rural community resilience & capacity. </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship stories can address the impending impact of population growth, land development & urbanization. </li></ul><ul><li>Making policy and decisions needs to respond to resilience risks and reflect the conservation practices needed to address them: STORIES HAVE POWER ! </li></ul>~ Spadefoot frog tadpole ~ Utah wildlife is also undergoing a metamorphosis adapting to us. Resilient communities need to be primed to tell their stewardship stories for both health & wealth!
  22. 22. Resilient Communities Share Stewardship Stories Empowering Utahns through EcoTourism <ul><li>Utah is unique among most western states in its wildlife diversity & value orientations – EcoTourism can enhance rural community resilience & capacity. </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship stories can address the impending impact of population growth, land development & urbanization. </li></ul><ul><li>Making policy and decisions needs to respond to resilience risks and reflect the conservation practices needed to address them: STORIES HAVE POWER ! </li></ul><ul><li>Greater public involvement in and adoption of hands-on monitoring, and growing conservation stewardship is needed. EcoTourism can help share stories of Utah’s resilient communities! </li></ul>~ Spadefoot frog tadpole ~ Utah wildlife is also undergoing a metamorphosis adapting to us. Resilient communities need to be primed to tell their stewardship stories for both health & wealth!
  23. 23. Thanks for ‘ bearing ’ with me. Any questions? Resilience Recommendations for Utah Establish a statewide thematic eco-tourism framework to share on-site & virtual stories about Utahns’ conservation stewardship relationships with the land, water, and wildlife that target enhancing the resilience of communities, reducing the risks of socio-economic and ecological threats, and attracting visitors from both in & out of state. Forge a statewide Alliance across Utah’s private and public sectors centered on learning, trying, and adopting sound Community Conservation Stewardship Practices in part by providing story-telling based ecotourism programs and events.
  24. 24. Sources: Hoffer, E. ( 2005) FUTUREdition, Vol. 8, No. 15., Oct. 13 edition. The Arlington Institute. Inglehart, R. (1990). Culture shift in advanced industrial societies . Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Teel, T. L., Dayer, A. A., Manfredo, M. J., & Bright, A. D. 2005. Regional results from the research project entitled “Wildlife Values in the West.” (Project Rep. No. 58). Project Report for the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Ft. Collins, CO: Colorado State University, Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Unit. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Human Dimensions Committee. 2004. Proactive Strategies: Survey Results from Employees of 10 Western States. Report from Arizona Fish and Game Department. 6 pp. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Goethe (1749-1832), German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist, and Scientist
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