2013 Conference Archive

67th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Sunday, October 13 - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Renaissance Hotel Oklahoma City ~ Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Please note: If you have changes to your requested meeting, please contact info@delaneymeetingevent.com.

Saturday, October 12, 2013
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Conference Registration Desk Open
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Minorities in Natural Resources Committee (MINRC) Student Welcome Orientation
Sunday, October 13, 2013
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Conference Registration Desk Open
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Speaker Ready Room
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Forestland Resources Technical Committee Meeting
8:30 am - 11:30 am Student Workshop: Interpersonal Skills
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Directors Retreat at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District *
Sponsored by D.M. Wood Foundation
11:00 am - 6:00 pm Exhibit & Poster Set-up
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Fisheries Administrators Lunch
Sponsored by Miller Net Company, Inc.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Wetlands Wildlife Committee Meeting
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife Recreation Participation Committee
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm SEAFWA Wildlife Resources Committee
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm SEAFWA Fisheries Resources Committee
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Special Technical Session on At-Risk Species Conservation
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Law Enforcement Chief's Business Meeting
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Minorities in Natural Resources Committee (MINRC) Business Meeting
1:40 pm - 2:30 pm Joint Meeting: Wetlands Wildlife Committee and SEAFWA Fisheries Resource Committee
The SEAFWA Fisheries Resource Committee will join the Wetlands Wildlife Committee for a brief meeting to discuss the EPA’s Wetlands Connectivity Science Report.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Active Network
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Southeastern Section of the Wildlife Society Executive Board Meeting
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Women in Conservation Reception at Finish Line Tower
Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited 
Vans depart the Renaissance at 4:45 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Welcome Reception at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District
Sponsored by OK.gov and NIC Alabama
Transportation starts at 5:15pm.
Monday, October 14, 2013
7:00 am - 8:00 am Directors' Breakfast
Sponsored by Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
7:00 am – 8:00 am Fellowship of Christian Conservationists Meeting
7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast with Exhibitors
Sponsored by Morrell Manufacturing
7:00 am - 8:30 am Guest Meet & Greet
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Desk Open
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Exhibits Open
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Speaker Ready Room
8:30 am - 11:30 am Plenary Session: Crossroads in Conservation
9:30 am - 12:30 pm Guest Activity: Trip to Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum
Includes 11:30 am Lunch at the Vast Restaurant
Departs from the Renaissance Hotel Lobby at 9:15 am.
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Student/Mentor Lunch
{Advanced registration is required}
Professionals interested in participating should contact Mikki Gutierrez at mgutierrez@odwc.state.ok.us by October 1, 2013.
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Law Enforcement Wildlife Officer of the Year Luncheon
Sponsored by Cody Systems
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch on Own
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Wildlife Administrators' Lunch *
Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Directors' Lunch
Sponsored by Kalkomey
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Technical Sessions
Click the links below for abstracts and agendas.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Guest Activity: Basket Weaving Class
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Student Workshop: Cover Letters, Resumes, Certification and Job Hiring
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm SEPARC/NCWRC Meeting: Enforcing Wildlife Regulation of Reptiles & Amphibians
Please join LE officers from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in a special workshop for LE officers, LE chiefs, herpetologists, non-game biologists and others interested in building a successful program to curb illegal trade and trafficking of amphibians and reptiles in their jurisdiction. The workshop will cover relevant regulations, lessions learned, how to safely handle amphibians and reptiles, and how to navigate the judicial system for these types of cases.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm SEAFWA Wildlife Diversity Committee and Wildlife Action Plans Committee
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wildlife Administrators' Meeting
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Break with Exhibitors and Poster Authors
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Poster Session
Evening Dinner on Your Own in Downtown Oklahoma City
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
7:00 am - 8:00 am Directors' Breakfast
Sponsored by National Wild Turkey Federation
7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast with Exhibitors
Sponsored by Ocean Conservancy
7:00 am - 8:30 am Guest Meet & Greet
7:00 am - 3:00 pm Speaker Ready Room
7:00 am - 3:30 pm Exhibits Open
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration Desk Open
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) Steering Committee Meeting
8:30 am - 10:00 am Plenary Session
9:15 am - 12:00 pm SEAFWA Annual Conference Committee Meeting
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
10:15 am – 11:30 am

Technical Sessions:
Click the links below for abstracts and agendas.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch on Own
11:30 am - 4:00 pm Directors' Lunch and Business Meeting *
Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited
Offsite at Devon Tower. Transportation will be provided from the hotel starting at 11:00.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Technical Sessions:
Click the links below for abstracts and agendas.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Human Resources Committee
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm SEAFWA Invasive Species Committee
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC Steering Committee
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Minorities in Natural Resources Committee (MINRC) Student After Action Meeting and Teddy Roosevelt Award Presentation
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
Sponsored by National Archery in the Schools Program
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society Business Meeting
3:30 pm Exhibitor and Poster Tear-Down
5:15 pm Depart for Banquet at the National Cowboy Museum
Transportation provided from front of hotel
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception and Museum Tour
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Directors' Reception *
Sponsored by Brandt Information Systems
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Awards Banquet & Entertainment
Sponsored by Canadian NAWMP Partners, Mustang Fuel Corporation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, USDA Forest Service Southern Region and Weyerhaeuser
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
7:00 am - 10:00 am Conference Registration Desk Open
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Management Board Fall Meeting
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy – Concept to Practice
9:00 am - 10:00 am Conference Hand-Off Meeting: Oklahoma to Florida
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm SARP/GCPLCC Instream Flow Workshop
Thursday, October 17, 2013
7:30 am - 5:00 pm SARP/GCPLCC Instream Flow Workshop

Plenary Session

Monday, October 14, 2013
8:30 am - 9:00 am Presentation of the Colors
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Pledge of Allegiance

United States National Anthem
Shawna Russell

Welcome to Oklahoma
Richard Hatcher, Director, ODWC
Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, State of Oklahoma

President's Address
Ed Carter, Executive Director, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
9:00 am - 9:45 am Dale Rollins, PhD., Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Bobwhite Quail: Is All Quiet on the Western Front?
9:45 am - 10:00 am Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
10:00 am - 10:45 am John Seabreeze, Former V.P. Marketing, Billy Casper Golf
Your Not in this Boat Alone: Golf Industry’s Participation Challenges and Solutions
10:45 am - 11:30 am Jim Martin, Berkley Conservation Institute
A Great Wave Rising. The Coming Crisis in Water Supply


Tuesday, October 15, 2013
8:30 am - 9:00 am Edwin Evers, B.A.S.S. Professional Fisherman
Fishin’ for a Livin’ – How a Love for Hunting and Fishing Became a Career
9:00 am - 10:00 am Dennis Byrd, Former NFL Defensive Lineman for the New York Jets; Author of the Inspirational Book, Rise and Walk 
“The Gift” Stories of Hunting, Life and the Treasure of Passing Them Along!


About the Monday Plenary Session Presenters
Richard Hatcher, Director, ODWC
Richard Hatcher came on board with the Wildlife Department as Oklahoma’s first furbearer biologist in 1979 and was promoted through the ranks to his current position where he has served as director since 2009.

Since becoming Director the agency has:
  • Purchased more than 28,000 acres and leased more than 3,500 acres of some of the best habitat in the state. These wildlife management areas are open to hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts.
  • Built research facilities focused on paddlefish and bobwhite quail and built a new multi-purpose education facility.
  • More than doubled the reach of education programs in the schools including three new programs. These programs are now in 350 schools reaching more than 50,000 students.
  • Initiated a multi-year hatchery renovation effort at the state’s four fish hatcheries.
  • Began new or greatly expanded hunting opportunities for antelope and bears.
Throughout his tenure, Hatcher has played a key role in many Wildlife Department programs and projects. The agency has more than 340 employees in five divisions with a $60 million budget and its own pension plan, both of which are overseen by an 8-member, Governor-appointed Commission. 
Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, State of Oklahoma
Todd Lamb was elected Lt. Governor by the State of Oklahoma on November 2, 2010. With a campaign focused on job growth and economic development, Lt. Governor Lamb achieved an overwhelming victory and quickly began putting his forward-thinking ideas and agenda in place. Soon after the election, he was appointed to the Governor’s cabinet as the advocate for Oklahoma’s small business. An Enid native, Lamb has spent many years in public service to his state and nation. He served in the Keating Administration, and worked on the staff of United States Senator Don Nickles. Lamb also became a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service where he was elected president of his Secret Service Academy class and graduated with special recognition. His duties included domestic and international protection assignments during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. Lt. Governor Todd Lamb was elected to his first term in the Oklahoma Senate in 2004 and re-elected without opposition in 2008. While in the Senate, Lamb fought for government reform and measures that improved Oklahoma’s economy. In 2009, Lamb became the first Republican Majority Floor Leader in state history. Lt. Governor Lamb currently serves as Chair-Elect of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association (NLGA) Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Aerospace States Association (ASA). He has worked in the private sector as a landman in Oklahoma's energy industry. Todd Lamb and his wife Monica have been married 17 years and have two children, Griffin and Lauren. 
Ed Carter, Executive Director, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
A native Tennessean, Ed is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a BS in Forestry and a major in wildlife management. He began his 41 year career with the (then) Tennessee Game and Fish Commission in 1972 and has held positions in the Divisions of Law Enforcement, Information and Education, Assistant Manager over all fish, wildlife, and enforcement programs in the 25 counties of middle Tennessee, and Chief of the Boating Division until March of 2009, when the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission appointed him as Executive Director. 

As Executive Director, he is responsible for all aspects of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and its 700 plus employees. The Agency is charged by law with the management of the state’s wildlife and fisheries programs and is the sole authority for boating safety programs within the state. 

Active in several organizations, he is now serving as President of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, an organization comprised of the fish and wildlife agencies of the fifteen southern states and the territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 

He is a member of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency (AFWA) Executive Committee and also serves as Chairman of the Amphibian and Reptile sub-committee for the Association. AFWA is an association comprised of the Directors of the Wildlife Agencies in the United States and Canada. 

He has served on two previous Federal Advisory Committees, testified before Congressional Committees, and served as the state spokesperson regarding the roles and missions of a federal agency as requested by a Presidential study committee. He is currently serving as the Southeastern representative for the newly formed federal advisory committee on climate change.

He has received a number of national awards and honors, and from the state of Tennessee including “Environmental Hero” from former Governor Ned McWherter, and a joint resolution from the Tennessee State Legislature for meritorious service to the State of Tennessee. 
Dale Rollins, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Dale Rollins is a native of Hollis, Oklahoma—he often quips that he is “the other ‘DR’ from Hollis”, referring to football coaching legend Darrell Royal. Dale earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Oklahoma State University, his Master of Science Degree from Oklahoma State University, and his PhD from Texas Tech University. Dr. Rollins currently serves as a Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension Service, stationed in San Angelo. He has written over 800 popular articles on wildlife management with regular columns in "Texas Wildlife", "Livestock Weekly", and "Farmer-Stockman". His expertise spans subjects from predator management to prescribed burning, but his specialty is quail management. Dale was named “Outstanding Educator for 2002" by his peers in the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and received the “Sam Beasom Conservation Leadership Award” in 2002 from the Texas Wildlife Association. He was bestowed the inaugural “Volunteer of the Year Award” from Quail Unlimited and Winchester Ammunition in 2005. In 2008 he was recognized as a “Hero of Conservation” by Field & Stream Magazine and a “Quail Crusader” by Outdoor Life Magazine in 2012. He is active in several professional societies and served as President of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society. He is a graduate of Toastmasters International and is a director for Texas Wildlife Association. He is the founder of the “Bobwhite Brigade” and provides counsel to several graduate students who are researching quail ecology. Dale is an avid wildlife caller, and does his calls a capella—he was recognized by Quail Unlimited as National Quail Calling Champion in 2002. He is presently coordinating a “Quail Decline in Texas” initiative that is aimed at reversing the declines of bobwhite and scaled quail experienced in many areas of the state. Since 2007 Dale has served as Executive Director of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch in Fisher County. When not on the road, Dale spends time afield with his associates, bird dogs Lil’ Annie, Babe, Deuce, Tracer, and Shag.
John Seabreeze, Former V.P. Marketing, Billy Casper Golf
John Seabreeze is the former Vice President, Marketing for Billy Casper Golf. As such, he oversaw all consumer marketing and communication activities for the company’s 150+ locations across 30 states. His role encompassed diverse functions such as Marketing & Advertising, Communications, Revenue Management, the Guest Experience, and Sales Management for the largest operator of U.S. golf courses. John joined Billy Casper Golf in 2000 as Regional Marketing Manager, at which time the company had just 17 locations in seven states. Promoted to Vice President of Marketing in 2002, he led Business Development activities until 2007, growing the company’s locations and revenues by 400% over five years. Most recently, he and his team of marketing and communications professionals implemented marketing and sales programs at public, private, and resort golf courses nationwide. Golf course industry leading programs such as GUESTrac™, the firm’s customer relationship management system, and ACE the GUEST Experience™, an employee-training program born from the marketing team’s research on customer retention, are the basis of Billy Casper Golf’s success. Prior to Billy Casper Golf, John led marketing teams and campaigns for several colleges and universities. He is a graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. An avid long-distance runner, John has competed in marathons on four continents. He and his family live in Kensington, Maryland. 
Jim Martin, Berkley Conservation Institute
Jim retired after 30 years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and now works as Conservation Director for the Berkley Conservation Institute, a branch of Pure Fishing. Pure Fishing is one of the largest fishing tackle companies in the world and is an industry leader in conservation advocacy. During his career with ODFW, Jim spent six years as chief of fisheries and three years as salmon advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber. Jim has a Bachelor’s Degree in wildlife and Master’s Degree in fisheries from Oregon State University.


About the Tuesday Plenary Session Presenters
Edwin Evers, B.A.S.S. Professional Fisherman
At age five he was hookin’ crappie and catfish with his mom in Texas. In college he was charging down the field as a running back for Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Watching the Bassmaster Classic on television and reading about the profession in Bassmaster magazine is really what got Edwin interested in testing the waters as a professional bass fisherman. Edwin began fishing local and regional tournaments in the late 1990s and in 2003 he notched his first victory in a pro event on Alabama’s Lake Eufaula. Edwin is a 10 time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, 53-time B.A.S.S. top-ten finisher, 4 time Elite Series champion coming off a May 2013 win on the Alabama River, was runner-up in the 2013 B.A.S.S. Angler-of-the-Year race, and is currently ranked 5th in the world according to BassFan.com. Edwin has won more than $2 million in B.A.S.S. tournament competition. He is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Optima Batteries, Nitro Boats, Mercury Outboards, Wild River, Lowrance Electronics, Motor Guide, Cook's Go-To-Tackle, Megabass, Zoom, War Eagle and Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center. When Edwin is not chasing after bass on the water, he can be found hunting, golfing and coaching his kid’s basketball team.
Dennis Byrd, Former NFL Defensive Lineman for the New York Jets; Author of the Inspirational Book, "Rise and Walk"
Dennis Byrd is an Oklahoman born and raised in the state he loves, graduating from Mustang High School and attending the University of Tulsa on a football scholarship pursuing his dream of football in the NFL. In 1989 Dennis was selected by the New York Jets as the first defensive tackle in the draft. Dennis was selected to the NFL All-Rookie Team his first season and started every game until the career-ending neck injury in 1992 altered his life forever. After 2 ½ months in New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Dennis and his high school sweetheart Angela returned to their home in Owasso, Oklahoma. “I have hunted and fished every corner of this state. Oklahoma isn’t just where I am from, it’s who I am.” Wildlife habitat and management has been one of Dennis’s passions. In partnership with the NRCS in 2002, Dennis was recognized for habitat management on his ranch in Nowata County with the Wildlife Habitat and Management Ranch of the Year Award. Dennis and his wife Angela live on their ranch in Rogers County overlooking beautiful Oologah Lake. With an eye on developing this new ranch for wildlife habitat and its natural beauty, Dennis said “this is a big project for us and we will be working on this one forever! It’s a good thing this is what we do!” Dennis and Angela have four children, Ashtin, Haley, Lauren, and Zach. They too are proud to be from and part of the great state of Oklahoma.