|Message from Director Marc Miller
DNR constituents are passionate about their recreational activities and conservation, but the forum for their voice was taken away several years ago. I know the value of this important tradition and the role it plays to provide a voice for conservationists and recreation advocates in the Department.
At this critical point with so many challenges to overcome, the need is great to provide that forum and give DNR advocates their voice back. We have abbreviated the process, reduced its cost, and are engaging stakeholders in new ways, including the internet. But the goal is the same – engage, inform, and activate our constituents and allow a meaningful avenue for their guidance and commitment.
Unlike the previous Conservation Congresses, there is no delegate credentialing or regional caucuses. Constituents work with committees of the Department’s Natural Resources Advisory Board to forge a consensus in three focus areas vital to the future of the Department:
YOUTH RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
ACCESS TO PRIVATE LANDS
These committees are producing recommendations. Each meeting allows public comment and an exchange of ideas. Additionally, this website allows anyone to submit comments to each committee at any time. Notice of meetings is posted on this website, as are copies of presentations, meeting summaries and interim reports.
On October 24th & 25th, 2009, the Conservation Congress will convene to review and consider the committee reports over a two day conference. Participants will propose recommendations to the entire body of constituents and vote on final recommendations, reminiscent of past Congresses.
I encourage you to participate in committee meetings, take our web survey, and register for Conservation Congress on October 24 and 25. We will meet again in 2010 to further the mission of Conservation Congress.
Yours in conservation,