The inaugural Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Trainingtook place in Estes Park, Colorado September 28 – October 2, 2008. This and the subsequent conferences in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 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.

Pathways is international in scope, with 30+ different countries regularly represented at our 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.

Pathways 2019 Recap – Transient or Transformative: Does Human Dimensions Matter?

Pathways 2019 convened at the beautiful YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado with three full days of presentations, dialogue, and trainings for a record audience of over 300 attendees from 14 different countries around the globe.

As an extension of the 2019 theme, “Transient or Transformative: Does Human Dimensions Matter?”, Pathways also hosted its first multi-part plenary session focused on the question of gray wolf reintroduction in Colorado. Lead by Prof. Rebecca Niemiec (Colorado State University) and Prof. Jeremey Bruskotter (Ohio State University), the plenary hosted nine leading experts with a range of perspectives on wolf reintroduction, the plenary session explored the range of human values, emotions, history and biological perspectives surrounding gray wolves in the United States. The plenary session was followed by a World Café on Wednesday afternoon where attendees were invited to come together and share their perspectives on wolf reintroduction. Drawing large audiences each night and media attention from news outlets in Colorado, the plenary proved to be a large success.

The Pathways team extends our immense gratitude to the sponsors who helped make 2019 a success. We appreciate your generosity and support of our initiative!