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A gathering to answer the question: how do we create the policies and institutions we need to protect all of our wildlife, for everybody, in every state, forever?

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As dissatisfaction grows with state wildlife policies and institutions, the time seems right for a national summit on transforming state wildlife governance. We hope you will join us for this important event in Albuquerque, NM on August 14th and 15th.

We have been experiencing complications with the website. If you are having trouble registering, please call us at 575-522-5552.


Who should attend?

Anyone who is committed to realigning state wildlife policies and institutions to reflect the broad public interest in wildlife and modern ecological understanding: wildlife advocates, academics, elected officials, agency personnel, hunters and anglers.


Our goals for the event are to:

  • share information about reform efforts happening around the country;
  • develop a better understanding of the underlying problems with current state wildlife governance;
  • identify the broad outlines of a coordinated strategy to transform state wildlife governance across the country.

Agenda and Speakers

Click here for the agenda.

Confirmed speakers to date:

  • Mike Phillips - Montana State Senator and Exec. Director, Turner Endangered Species Fund
  • Adrian Treves - Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jeff Steinborn - New Mexico State Senator and So. NM Director, NM Wilderness Alliance
  • Harriet Allen - End. and Threatened Spp. Section Manager (retired), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Martin Nie - Director, Bolle Center for People and Forests, Professor, University of Montana
  • Camilla Fox - Executive Director, Project Coyote
  • Rick van de Poll - Co-Founder, NH Wildlife Coalition
  • Ruth Musgrave - Senior Advisor for Conservation, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators
  • Kevin Bixby - Executive Director, Southwest Environmental Center
  • Kirk Robinson - Executive Director, Western Wildlife Conservancy
  • Sharon Negri - Director, Wild Futures
  • Garrett VeneKlasen - Political Strategist, CVNM, and former executive director, NM Wildlife Federation
  • Michael Dax - NM Outreach Representative, Defenders of Wildlife
  • Chris Smith - Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate, WildEarth Guardians
  • Jill Fritz - Director, Wildlife Protection, Humane Society of the United States
  • Claire Davis - Attorney, Lane Powell
  • Judy Calman - Staff Attorney, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
  • Lisa Jennings - Executive Director, Animal Protection of NM
  • Robyn Paulekas - Mediator and Program Manager, Meridian Institute
  • Danielle Moser - Wildlife Coordinator, Oregon Wild
  • Andrew Currie -  Colorado wildlife advocate
  • John Crenshaw - President, NM Wildlife Federation
  • Jessica Blome - Attorney, Greenfire Law

Click here for speaker bios.

Note: the afternoon session of the second day is a closed strategizing session. If you'd like to participate, please let the conference organizers know in advance.

Venue and Schedule

Daily sessions will be held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center near downtown Albuquerque. Both days will start early, so if you're traveling in, plan on arriving the day before.

We also invite you to join us at the historic Hotel Andaluz on the evening of August 14th for happy hour on the terrace, dinner with our keynote speaker Mike Phillips, and a silent auction.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the LEED Gold Certified Hotel Andaluz at a discounted rate of $140 per night. The hotel is located 1.3 miles from the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

To book a room at the Hotel Andaluz at the discounted rate of $140, you may call reservations at 877-987-9090 and refer to the group name or group code 1808WILDLI, or utilize the web link for convenient online booking.

There are also several other hotel options near downtown Albuquerque.


Our scholarship money will not be enough to cover the expenses of everyone who applies. We are looking for generous donors to add to our scholarship fund to enable more wildlife advocates attend. If you'd like to donate, click here.

To make the most of our limited time together, we strongly encourage you to read these recommended articles before the conference:


We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support for this event:

August 14th, 2018 8:30 AM   through   August 15th, 2018 5:00 PM
1701 4th St SW
Salon Ortega
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM 87102
United States

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