The strategic plan research and planning process encompasses the following components:

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Planning Meeting

An initial planning and brainstorming workshop with Wyoming Game and Fish Department leadership.

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Qualitative Assessment

A qualitative questionnaire administered to Wyoming Game and Fish Department employees, Commissioners, and Governor’s Task Force members to assess priorities for the project and resulting plan.

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Scientific Telephone Survey

A scientific telephone survey of Wyoming residents and nonresidents:  a total of 2,500 Wyoming residents will be surveyed (including a minimum of 300 completed responses in each of Game and Fish's management regions), along with 200 nonresident hunters and 200 nonresident anglers.

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Employee Survey

A quantitative survey of Wyoming Game and Fish Department employees.

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Online Forum for Public Input

An online forum to gather input from all residents, nonresidents, and stakeholders, updated periodically with results from each phase of the research.

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Focus Groups

10 focus groups with Wyoming residents (including hunters, anglers, trappers, boaters, hikers, wildlife viewers, and landowners) in a diverse selection of locations across the state.

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Public Meetings

10 public meetings, held in a diverse selection of locations across the state.

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Meetings with WGFD

Extensive meetings with Wyoming Game and Fish Department leadership to review the research findings and develop input for the final strategic plan.

This research will provide Game and Fish with new data to determine the attitudes of residents, nonresidents, stakeholders, and Game and Fish personnel—this data, along with Game and Fish’s biological and ecological data, will serve as the basis for the new strategic plan.  The overall information will guide the work of the agency and management priorities heading into the future; it will also identify key issues, necessary resources, and important challenges that lie ahead. 

The data collection for the study—including the surveys, focus groups, public meetings, and online input forum—will be managed by Responsive Management, a Virginia-based survey research firm specializing in attitudes toward natural resources and outdoor recreation, and The Cooperation Company, a Washington State-based firm specializing in strategic and operational planning.