This project developed and implemented a social science training program in the United States for state and provincial fish and wildlife agency employees. The program was intended to increase the capacity of agencies to deal with human dimensions (HD) issues. Upon completion of the training program, participating employees were awarded HD certification by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Program development was funded through a grant awarded by the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies as part of the 2006 Multi-State Conservation Grant Program. The first phase of program implementation was completed in the summer of 2007 when 25 participants were awarded certification. A second round of training involving both state and federal agency employees in the US concluded in October 2008 during the Pathways to Success 2008: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fisheries and Wildlife Management Conference.
CSU’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources continues to offer training in social science concepts and methodology for natural resource professionals through parterships with the Society for Conservation BIology, the Human Dimensions Branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wildlife Institute of India.