76th Annual Conference

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OCTOBER 23-26, 2022 | Charleston, West Virginia

Make plans now to join us! The 76th Annual Conference will be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, West Virginia, October 23-26, 2022. Please check back for more information. 

The Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is a forum for the exchange of ideas and critical information regarding the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources primarily in the southeast. The conference attracts over 500 representatives from state and federal agencies, citizens' organizations, universities, private wildlife research groups, fisheries and wildlife scientists, agency enforcement personnel, and other natural resource-related organizations. 

Visit the Announcements/Important Dates section of this website for recent updates. 

Please check back often for additional announcements! 

Please consider submitting your work on fisheries and wildlife management and conservation in the Southeast to the Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Manuscripts accepted for publication after rigorous peer review will be published in Volume 10 of the journal, which will come out in spring 2023. The process for submitting manuscripts is changing from what it has been in the last few years. Specifically:

  • Submitting a manuscript to the journal will be a separate process from submitting an abstract for a presentation at the fall conference. Please keep an eye out for the separate call for presentation abstract submissions later this spring through the conference abstract submission system.
  • However, as has been the case in past years, authors who submit manuscripts for consideration by the journal also must submit presentation (oral or poster) abstracts for this year's conference and agree to present at this year's conference if their manuscript is accepted by the journal. (Note, however, that the reverse is not true; submitting an abstract for a presentation does not obligate one to submit a manuscript to the journal.)
  • The journal manuscript submission window will be April 15 – June 15, 2022. We hope to stick with a six-week submission window starting April 15 in future years to ensure a stable timeline that allows sufficient time to get manuscripts reviewed well before the fall annual conference.
  • To submit a manuscript, please email directly to the appropriate associated editor:

We look forward to receiving your manuscripts!

The call for abstracts for general contributed oral and poster presentations is open. The scientific program will consist of three types of sessions: Organized Symposia, Contributed Oral Presentations, and Poster Presentations. Learn more and submit an abstract

The Minorities in Natural Resources Conservation (MINRC) subcommittee is actively seeking minority students to participate in the 2022 SEAFWA Conference. MINRC will conduct student workshops that will provide valuable career development information. Students will participate in discussions and gain information on selected topics relevant to seeking employment in the natural resource field. A keynote speaker will motivate the students to continue their quest to reach their goals. There will also be opportunities for students to speak with professionals regarding employment prospects.

The following expenses will be awarded to minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the conservation profession:

  • Hotel (2 students per room)
  • Meals
  • Conference Registration
  • Airfare or reimbursement of gas with a receipt

Students are responsible for their means of transportation to and from their local airport and personal miscellaneous expenses. Completed application and all materials are due September 5, 2022 and must be submitted electronically to SEAFWA.MINRC@gmail.com. Students will be notified during the week of September 19, 2022, to confirm their registration status, where and what time to report to the conference.

Applicant Criteria:

  • At the time of application, must be a current college student, or graduated within the previous 12 months, or currently enrolled in a post-graduate program from one of the following southeastern states:
    Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Must be pursuing a degree in a natural resources field.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

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Registration Information

Attendee registration pricing and information will be posted here soon. Please check back for updates. 

Please direct registration-related questions to info@delaneymeetingevent.com or call 802-865-5202. 

Travel & Lodging 

The 76th Annual Conference will be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center (200 Lee St E, Charleston, WV 25301). Overnight accommodations will be available to conference participants at a discounted group rate. Please check back for updates. 

Schedule

A preliminary schedule of events will be posted here soon. Please check back for updates. 

Special Symposia Overviews 

The following organized symposia will be offered as part of the technical program at the 76th Annual Conference. Symposium organizers may or may not be accepting presentation proposals as part of the call for abstracts. If the symposium is noted as "open" below, we invite you to submit an abstract through the call for presentations. If the symposium is noted as "invite only" below, the organizer(s) will be inviting specific people to present. 

Drip, Drip, Drip - Integrated R3 Catches Fishing Engagement

Contact: Tabbi Kinion, Education Division Chief, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, tabbi.kinion@agfc.ar.gov

Type: Open Symposium

Overview: States across the southeast are becoming increasingly effective at targeting, training, and retaining anglers through integrated recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) programs. Join us for a day of conversation and presentions from state agencies, national organizations, and businesses that can help agency effectiveness. By the end of the day, you will increase your own understanding of these topics and take useful contacts and ideas back to your state that can be immediately integrated into your own work.

This session is best suited for leadership and practitioners of education, marketing, outreach, licensing, social science, and any fisheries staff that work with the public.

Mapping the Future – Collaborative Conservation on Private Forests

Contact: Darren Miller, VP, Forestry Programs, NCASI, dmiller@ncasi.org

Co-Organizers: Jimmy Bullock, Resource Management Services, LLC; Lauren Ward, Conservation without Conflict; Cindy Dohner, National Alliance of Forest Owners; John Tirpak, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Type: Invite Only

Overview: Nearly 90% of forests in the southeastern U.S. are privately owned making these forests critical for conservation.   Although research has documented the value of private, working forests for conservation of biological diversity, including declining and at-risk species, more work is needed to understand conservation value of these forests to support implementation of appropriate conservation measures and to support science-based policy decisions around at-risk species.  Further, elucidating the role of private, working forests for conserving at-risk species within broader landscapes, including as part of regional conservation planning, is also important.  Achieving positive conservation outcomes on private forests requires collaborative conservation among state and federal agencies and private landowners.  Recent initiatives, including Conservation without Conflict and the Wildlife Conservation Initiative are emerging as effective strategies for conserving at-risk species on private lands.  However, for this approach to be successful, perspectives and needs of agencies and landowners must be understood and aligned.  Data on use of private forests by at-risk species are also critical to inform policy decisions and guide conservation efforts.  This symposium will explore perspectives on collaborative conservation on private, working forests and provide a venue to strengthen existing partnerships.  We will also present results from current collaborative conservation efforts.

The first half of the Symposium will use case studies to demonstrate mechanisms for collaborative conservation.  The second half of the symposium will be a panel discussion, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss conservation needs and outcomes and how to increase collaborative conservation on private lands.  Each speaker will have 5 minutes for an opening statement before taking questions from the moderator/audience. 

The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS): Applying the Southeast Conservation Blueprint across scales

Contact: Amanda Sesser, SECAS Coordinator, US Fish & Wildlife Service, amanda_sesser@fws.gov

Co-Organizers: Rua Mordecai, Southeast Blueprint Coordinator and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Raleigh, NC

Type: Invite Only

Overview: The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy partnership is working toward a vision of connected lands and waters that support thriving fish and wildlife populations and improved quality of life for people.  In support of that vision, SECAS partners are leveraging both the framework and tools of the initiative to make significant conservation accomplishments in the Southeast, ranging from local to landscape scales. The symposium will focus on specific examples of how the Blueprint has been successfully applied across scales, ranging from the landscape, state, community, to local scales. Invited presenters will demonstrate the value, opportunities, and challenges of applying the Blueprint within each category. Cross-cutting themes, such as diversity and inclusion, will be addressed in all categories. Presenters will be asked to end their presentations with recommendations for other organizations who may be interested in similar conservation or resource management activities. Specific speakers are to be determined. 

Following the presentations, a panel discussion comprised of the presenters, select SECAS Steering Committee Members, and staff will discuss future directions for the SECAS partnership, focusing on how the framework and tools of SECAS can be leveraged to inform a more sustainable future. This panel discussion will set the stage for continued dialogue within the partnership to guide future strategic direction, identify opportunities for voluntary, landscape-scale collaboration, and address barriers for working across organizational boundaries.

Call for Program Content

Timeline

  • Call for Organized Symposia: Opens March 9; Closes May 6
  • Call for Abstracts: Opens May 16; June 20
  • Presenters Notified of Acceptance & Schedule Posted Online: End of June

About the Scientific Program 

The scientific program will consist of three types of sessions:

  • Organized Symposia – A series of integrated presentations that address aspects of a single topic or theme;
  • Contributed Oral Presentations – Individual oral presentations that are grouped into thematic sessions based on selected disciplines: Law Enforcement, Legal, Marketing, R3 & Communications, Fisheries, and Wildlife
  • Poster Presentations – 4’x4’ printed poster showcased as part of the Poster Session & Networking Social.

Call for Abstracts | Open! 

The Call for Abstracts for General Contributed Oral and Poster presentations is open.

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT ONLINE

Deadline to submit: June 20. 

  1. Contributed Oral Presentations – Individual oral presentations that are grouped into sessions by conference organizers. These are 20-minute presentations that will be organized within the following Program Tracks: Fisheries; Wildlife; Law Enforcement; Legal; Marketing/R3/Communications; and IT/Licensing/Administration. 

  2. Poster Presentations – 44"x44" printed poster showcased as part of the Poster Session & Reception scheduled for Monday, October 24th from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

Track Options: 

  • Contributed Oral and Poster presentations will be grouped with similar presentations to form thematic sessions, based on selected disciplines: Law Enforcement, Legal, IT/Licensing, Administration & Business, Marketing, R3 & Communications, Fisheries, and Wildlife. 
  • Oral presentation authors also have the option of indicating interest in an Organized Symposium, either as an invited speaker or if you want your talk to be considered for a particular symposium. Organized symposia will be finalized first and added to the general Call for Papers with “Symposia Overviews” posted to the conference website for reference.
  • We are planning for an in-person event and also want to be prepared to offer online content for a virtual audience to expand our reach. You will be asked to select an in-person/onsite or virtual option for your presentation. PLEASE NOTE: all presenters whether virtual or in-person/onsite will be asked to submit a pre-recorded version of their talk. More detailed instructions on the format and deadline for the recordings will be provided at a later date.

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT ONLINE

Call for Organized Symposia | Closed! 

An Organized Symposium is a series of integrated presentations that address aspects of a single topic or theme. Symposia are the scientific centerpiece of the conference and will run concurrently with other technical sessions. A symposium can consist of invited speakers only or be open to accepting presentations from the general call for abstracts, which will open in mid-May.

Anyone interested in coordinating a symposium for the 2022 Conference should submit a proposal online by May 6, 11:59 PM (EST).

 

Click here for details on peer-reviewed manuscripts

Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities 

To be considered as a sponsor or exhibitor for the 2022 conference, please contact Karen Forbes.

Paul R Johansen
Conference Steering Committee - Chair
Zack J Brown
Conference Steering Committee - Vice Chair
David W Trader
Conference Steering Committee - LE Program Track Lead
Jennifer L Snow
Conference Steering Committee - Registration
Ashley N Anderson
Conference Steering Committee - Marketing, R3 & Communications Program Track Lead
Chris Scraggs
Marketing, R3 & Communications Program Track Lead
Scott Warner
Plenary Lead
David Wellman
Plenary
Steven Rauch
Plenary
Chris Ryan
Track Lead
Vinnie Johnson
Wildlife Program Track Lead
Linda Ordiway
WIldlife Program Track Lead
Dustin Smith
Fisheries Program Track Lead
Glenn Nelson
Fisheries Program Track Lead
Mark Scott
Fisheries Program Track Lead
David Trader
Law Enforcement Program Track Lead
Terry Ballard
Law Enforcement
Jerry Payne
Law Enforcement
Katie Franklin
Legal
PingHeng Lee
Minorities
Andrea Tinsley
Minorities
Brandon Keplinger
Poster Committee Lead
Kevin Oxenrider
Poster Committee Lead
Charles Kennedy
Exhibitor/Trade Show Coordination
Bill Rheinlander
Exhibitor/Trade Show Coordination (Backup)
Mark Buchanan
Social Events/Student Activities
Vincent Johnson
Social Events/Student Activities
Woodrow Brogan
Social Events/Student Activities
Brandy Bachman
AV & IT Committee (Speaker Ready Room)
PingHeng Lee
AV & IT Committee (Speaker Ready Room)
Lisa Scarberry
Local Arrangements
Amber Heath
Local Arrangements
Jennifer Snow
Registration
Mary Elliott
Registration