The inaugural Pathways to Success: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fish and Wildlife Management Conference and Training took place in Estes Park, Colorado September 28 – October 2, 2008. This and the subsequent five conferences in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017 were highly successful; each offered hundreds of research presentations by attendees from all around the globe. The diversity of high quality presentations, enthusiastic participation of trainers and training participants and the engaging dialogue across national, state and institutional boundaries all have helped to make this event truly remarkable. The conference is international in scope with 30+ different countries represented at past conferences. Based on positive input received from attendees, we continue to reach out to a diverse audience to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife management field. 2018 will be the seventh year of Pathways, and a move to Goslar, Germany!
Pathways 2017 Conference Re-Cap
Pathways 2017, held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, was once again a memorable event. The elk were busy entertaining all in attendance before and between sessions while participants shared their research, learned how to communicate with varying generations and discussed the ongoing work of HD in relationship to fisheries and wildlife. Pathways 2017 was one of our largest with an international gathering of 270 participants from 18 countries. They came from all areas of scientists and practitioners. Prior to the beginning of the conference, our co-host, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Human Dimensions Branch, hosted a training course in collaboration with the National Conservation Training Center and Colorado State University’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, for 31 practitioners and decision makers. The three day course provided an overview of key concepts, methods, practical applications, and “must have” tools for the natural resource professional.