The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is Wyoming’s state fish and wildlife agency. Learn more about Game and Fish HERE.
Responsive Management is an internationally recognized research firm specializing in attitudes toward natural resources, wildlife, and outdoor recreation. Responsive Management is managing all data collection for the strategic plan study. Learn more about Responsive Management HERE.
The Cooperation Company is a Washington State-based firm specializing in strategic and operational planning and public engagement. The Cooperation Company is managing the development of the Department’s new strategic plan. Learn more about The Cooperation Company HERE.
Scott Talbott is Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He grew up and worked on the family ranch outside of Laramie, Wyoming and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming. Mr. Talbott began his career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in 1985, serving in many capacities including: game warden, wildlife investigator, regional wildlife supervisor and deputy chief of the wildlife division. He was awarded the Wyoming Game Warden’s Association Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1990 and the Shikar-Safari Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Wyoming in 1991. Mr. Talbott received the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director’s Award in 2008. He is a 2011 graduate of the National Conservation Leadership Institute and a 2014 Graduate of Leadership Wyoming. He served his term as President of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 2016. Mr. Talbott and his two sons enjoying fishing, camping and hunting.
Renny MacKay is currently the Communications Director for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. In this position he oversees strategic communication and outreach for the department. He held the same position for the Governor of Wyoming from 2011 to 2014. Before that Renny spent nearly a decade as a journalist covering statewide news for Wyoming Public Radio. He also was the press secretary for a Congressional candidate. Renny received his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri. He has covered breaking news, sports and the Wyoming and Missouri legislatures and Governors’ offices for radio stations including KMOX and for an NBC affiliate TV station. He also spent time in New York City as a student reporter and did production for broadcasts of college athletics.
Mark Damian Duda
Mark Damian Duda is the executive director of Responsive Management. Mark holds a Master’s degree with an emphasis on natural resource policy and planning from Yale University, where he attended on two academic scholarships. During the past 26 years, Mark has conducted more than 1,000 studies on how people relate to the outdoors. Mark is the author of four books on wildlife and outdoor recreation, including The Sportsman’s Voice: Hunting and Fishing in America and Watching Wildlife.
Mark is a certified wildlife biologist and his research has been upheld in U.S. District Courts, used in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at major natural resource and outdoor recreation conferences around the world. His work has been featured in many of the nation’s top media, including NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN, The New York Times, Newsweek, and the front pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today. For 7 years, Mark served as a columnist for North American Hunter and North American Fisherman magazines.
Mark has been named Conservation Educator of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation and National Wildlife Federation, was a recipient of the Conservation Achievement Award from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and was named Wildlife Professional of the Year by the Virginia Wildlife Society. He also received the Conservation Achievement Award in Communications from Ducks Unlimited and an award from the Potomac Ducks Unlimited Chapter for his contributions as a researcher and writer. Mark was also honored as Qualitative Researcher of the Year by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and received the 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Rifle Association. Mark is an avid birdwatcher, hunter, sport shooter, angler, and boater.
Tom Beppler is a senior research associate with Responsive Management. He received his Bachelor’s degree in English from James Madison University. Tom was recently the project manager for a needs assessment of the State of Connecticut’s Conservation Education and Firearms Safety Program, as well as large-scale studies to update big game and freshwater fisheries management plans for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Tom has also worked on strategic direction studies for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife; market research for online hunter and boater safety courses; and membership studies for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Izaak Walton League. In addition to managing projects, Tom conducts focus groups, facilitates public meetings, and writes reports of research results.
Mike Fraidenburg is the principal of The Cooperation Company, a firm best known for its work on improving natural resource agency management effectiveness through strategic planning, conflict resolution, and collaborations. He is a Certified Mediator by the Washington Mediation Association and a Certified Fisheries Professional by the American Fisheries Society. Mike is an instructor for the Northwest Environmental Training Center where he presents courses to environmental professionals on strategic planning, facilitation, conflict resolution, collaborative negotiations, meeting management, and persuasive communications. He has extensive experience facilitating science-intensive disagreements, implementing citizen participation programs and, as a certified mediator, using interest-based bargaining techniques to resolve disputes over natural resources. Mike completed a 30-year career with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife after working up through the ranks from fish biologist to become the Executive for the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission.