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Wednesday, November 4 • 9:00am - 9:20am
Making It Our Plan: Collaborating with Stakeholders to Revise North Carolina’s Trout Management Plan

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Kerry J. Linehan, Jacob M. Rash – North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Diverse groups of anglers fish trout waters managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (Commission), and in 2008, trout anglers contributed approximately $174 million to North Carolina’s economy. Thus, the Commission initiated a management planning process in 2010 that included using angler survey data and collaborating with trout anglers and resource management partners to revise the 1989 Trout Management Plan. Staff facilitated five focus groups with anglers to discuss their thoughts regarding trout management. Focus group participants represented trout anglers affiliated with organized angling groups, anglers unaffiliated with organized angling groups, and trout angling guides. After compiling focus group data, an advisory committee consisting of affiliated anglers, unaffiliated anglers, and guides was formed. Their charge was to provide input as the Commission formed and refined program areas and goals. During advisory committee meetings information exchange was aided by presenting background information, clarifying Commission and participants’ roles, and explaining the goals and limitations of the process. Additionally, the Commission sought to include a variety of management partners throughout the revision process. Input meetings were held with staff representing multiple Commission divisions and other state, federal, and non-governmental resource management partners. Through this collaborative revision process the Commission was able to obtain a suite of qualitative data that provided rich, in-depth information that would not have been captured otherwise. As a result, these data were integrated with existing scientific survey data to craft five critical program areas and specific goals for each within the Commission’s new trout management plan.

Wednesday November 4, 2015 9:00am - 9:20am EST
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