Pathways Conference Co-Hosts


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and perpetuating the state’s fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. Headquartered in Olympia, the department maintains six regional offices and manages dozens of wildlife areas and hundreds of water access areas around the state, offering fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, and other recreational opportunities for the residents of Washington.

The agency manages various natural resources management topics that involve biological constraints and a passionate public with diverging perspectives. Whether managing wolves and the social conflict between ranchers and the conservation community or working toward recovery of the iconic Southern Resident Killer Whale — the most resilient conservation approach is one that has support and investment from those most impacted.

One of the most challenging natural resource issue WDFW covers is the management and recovery of pacific salmon stocks. Because salmon are a huge part of the heritage of the Pacific Northwest, there are many passionate groups working toward their recovery; state and tribal co-managers, federal agencies, public utilities, local salmon recovery groups, recreational and commercial fishing interests, and salmon conservation groups. The management environment is complex with various court orders, compacts, and treaties – all evolving within rapidly changing habitat conditions that face the species at each life stage.  As co-host for Pathways, the agency is looking forward to examining the social side of salmon recovery and fisheries management and learning from the expertise of this community as it explores the important role human dimension plays in the world of natural resources management.

The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) at Colorado State University is positioned to meet the complex challenges of natural resource management with a growing global population. We do this through understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society and culture as they relate to the conservation and enjoyment of the natural environment. The Department offers an MS and PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, an MS in Tourism Management, and an MS in Conservation Leadership; as well as graduate certificates in Adventure Tourism, Communications for Conservation and Ski Area Management. The Department is one of seven programs in the U.S. that offers a comprehensive Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral Program.

It is HDNR’s mission to empower people to explore and sustain their world. With HDNR’s belief in integrity, impact, diversity, innovation, sustainability and well-being, our vision is to re-imagine learning and discovery to benefit both people and the natural world.