National R3 Symposium Agenda Preview: Week 1

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Cyrus Baird



For Immediate Release: 05/01/2018

“Celebration of R3 Advancements” and “The Significance of R3 in Organizational Change”


Over the next few weeks the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports will highlight different sessions of the National R3 Symposium agenda.


(Washington, D.C.)  –This week, the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports is pleased to bring the first of three previews highlighting two exciting sessions on the agenda for the first-ever National R3 Symposium.

The “Celebrations of R3 Advancements” session will provide Symposium attendees with a quick snapshot of R3 advancements from around the country. Presenters will showcase examples of new approaches, strategies, events, & more that have helped in moving the “R3 Needle” over the last year.

Presenters during this session include:

Chris Willard, R3 Coordinator, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Hank Forester, Hunting Heritage Programs Manager, Quality Deer Management Association

Rich Wissink, Vice President of Outreach and Education, Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever

Jim Curcuruto, Director, Research & Market Development, National Shooting Sports Foundation

Moderator: Dave Chanda, Vice President – State Agency Engagement, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

“It’s an honor to be asked to share our Field to Fork model at the National R3 Symposium” says Hank Forester, QDMA’s Hunting Heritage Programs Manager, “It’s even more exciting to gather under one roof with the National R3 Community to share ideas and lay the foundation to stem the tide of declining hunting participation.

The Significance of R3 in Organizational Change” session will feature a comprehensive presentation of how leaders in the conservation community from around the country have used R3 to advance their organizations forward. The panelists will share their perspectives from their experiences leading state fish and wildlife agencies, conservation NGOs and the outdoor industries forward to tackle R3.

Presenters during this session include:

Darin Moore, Director of Planning & Finance, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Becky Humphries, CEO of National Wild Turkey Federation

Glenn Hughes, CEO of American Sportfishing Association

Dan Forster, Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer, Archery Trade Association

Moderator:  Steve Williams, President, Wildlife Management Institute

“At the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, R3 is not another program, but a new way of integrated thinking and operating that has convinced us to organize, budget, plan, and evaluate everything we do, differently” said Darin Moore, Director of Planning & Finance for DGIF. “This has also led to us defining our recruitment, retention, and reactivation efforts in a way that promotes a shared interest in fish and wildlife conservation among all outdoor enthusiasts, whether they are boaters, anglers, hunters, recreational shooters, wildlife viewers, or all of the above.”

“These specific sections of the Symposium are designed to showcase how R3 professionals around the country are advancing their efforts and trying innovative ideas” said Samantha Pedder, Business Development Director for the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports. “We want attendees to leave Lincoln knowing that, although we have a lot of work ahead of us, the work we have already done is helping to advance the way we engage people in outdoor recreation and ensuring ensure a strong future for outdoor recreationists for generations to come.”

Make sure to follow along over the next two weeks as we will bring you more previews of the National R3 Symposium agenda.

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Purpose: Ensure support for and active participation in hunting and the shooting sports for future generations.

Vision: America where hunting and the shooting sports are an integral part of mainstream culture and where hunters and shooters are widely recognized as premiere conservation contributors.

Mission: Facilitate the promotion and growth of hunting and the shooting sports and the education of the public on the contributions that hunters and shooters make towards wildlife conservation.

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