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Tuesday, April 17 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
OUTREACH & EDUCATION 3: A New Model for Volunteer and Cost-share Tracking Everyone Should Know About

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AUTHORS: Lowell Ballard, Timmons Group; Donald Katnik, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

ABSTRACT. We are currently working with State, Federal and NGO partners to define a web-based application (Portal) that would be open to all state fish and wildlife agencies, citizens, partners, and other interested stakeholders in advancing conservation projects. It would be specifically designed to help state fish and wildlife agencies raise funds from the public for use as match for State Wildlife Grant Program (SWG) and potentially other projects. State fish and wildlife agencies would have Portal access to develop new “campaigns” to seek support for proposed projects, which could be described and posted online. Citizen scientists, state agency partners and other stakeholders would be able to access these campaigns online and contribute time, money and other resources to support conservation projects that align to their interests and expertise. The opportunity for the public to be actively involved in developing and executing restoration projects could dramatically increase public awareness of the state agency (and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration or WSFR Program) and the need for protecting imperiled species.Specifically, the Portal would assist state F&W agencies in: Evaluating and ranking volunteer / partner interest in potential conservation projects, Establishing volunteer / partner commitment to projects in hours, Establishing volunteer / partner commitment to projects in funding, Better meeting grant matching requirements for conservation grants (in hours / dollars)

Tuesday April 17, 2018 3:40pm - 4:00pm EDT
Lake Champlain A

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