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Human Dimensions of Fisheries & Wildlife Management Steve L. McMullin Natural resource management is “The manipulation of organismal populations, their habitats, and people to achieve specific human objectives” Habitat Organisms People Management of people has several dimensions. .

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Natural resource management is

“The manipulation of organismal populations, their habitats, and people to achieve specific human objectives”

Habitat

Organisms

People

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Management of people has several dimensions. .

People

Social

Dimension

Economic

Dimension

Political

Dimension

Legal

Dimension

what famous people say about human dimensions of natural resource mgmt
What famous people say about human dimensions of natural resource mgmt.

“To begin with, I had to know something about the people, the country and the trees. And of the three, the first was the most important.”

Gifford Pinchot

famous people cont
Famous people (cont.)

“The problem of game management is not how we shall handle the deer… the real problem is one of human management. Wildlife management is comparatively easy; human management difficult.”

Aldo Leopold

famous people cont6
Famous people (cont.)

“Our most neglected and crucial research needs are those concerning human social behavior.”

Durward Allen

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What is Human Dimensions?

“The challenge of understanding and clarifying stakeholders’ perspectives on [resource] management programs and issues, and systematically incorporating such insight into decision making.”

  Decker and Enck 1996

Stakeholder: anyone who will be affected by a management decision or action, or who thinks he/she will be affected

who are stakeholders
Who are stakeholders?

Stakeholdersare people who stand to benefit from or be negatively affected by management decisions or actions.

-including those who believe they will be affected

-and those who don’t know they will be affected

four major human dimensions concerns for fish wildlife managers decker and enck 1996
Four Major Human Dimensions Concerns For Fish & Wildlife managers Decker and Enck (1996)
  • Identify stakeholders
  • Understand forces affecting stakeholder participation in fish &wildlife related activities
  • Involving stakeholders in management decision making
  • Weighting disparate stakeholder input in management decisions
identifying and understanding stakeholders
Identifying and Understanding Stakeholders
  • Probably the most important and critical HD need for successful management
    • Who are the stakeholders?
    • What are their attitudes & opinions regarding conservation of fish and wildlife?
understanding forces affecting participation
Understanding Forces Affecting Participation
  • Traditionally focused on participation in hunting & fishing
  • Nonconsumptive activities gaining greater importance
  • Motivation, specialization, what constitutes a “quality experience”
involving stakeholders or obtaining input for decision making
Involving stakeholders or obtaining input for decision making
  • Social science methods to gauge public opinion
  • Assist managers in making decisions
weight disparate stakeholder input in making decisions
Weight disparate stakeholder input in making decisions
  • Stakeholders are diverse
  • HD info should not be used to make resource management a process of counting votes
  • Not a substitute for professional judgment and management in the public interest
  • Need to understand your values & those of the stakeholders
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“Good biology is needed to set bounds on what is possible, but biology alone does not tell us what is best for the many stakeholders served by the manager.”

Decker and Enck (1996)

yellowtail dam created trout habitat
Yellowtail Dam created trout habitat

And hatchery trucks created a trout fishery

we modeled effects of flows and regulations on fish populations
We modeled effects of flows and regulations on fish populations

What do these graphs suggest about potential management strategies?