Wildlife Disease (One-Health)

WMI encourages and supports the network of fish and wildlife health practitioners in their work to address zoonotic and other wildlife diseases and other fish and wildlife health issues. WMI, working with many partners, has been actively engaged to provide staffing, social media content, research and training to address this complex issue.


Endorsed by AFWA directors in 2019, the Relevancy Roadmap is a practical guide that offers more than 100 recommendations state and provincial fish and wildlife agencies can use to engage and serve broader constituencies, and use to overcome barriers to broader relevance, public engagement, and support. Former WMI President Steve Williams and Current WMI President Tony Wasley (then with Nevada Department of Wildlife) co-chaired the group that developed the roadmap.

Law and Regulation Review

The Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) is available to conduct reviews of wildlife and natural resource agency programs and functions. At the request of agencies, WMI has successfully completed over 70 reviews of fish and wildlife programs in more than 40 states and 4 provinces. WMI has also compiled and published national summaries of the organization, authority and programs of state fish and wildlife agencies in 1948, 1968, 1977, 1987 and 1997.

Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow

Created and developed by the Wildlife Management Institute and funded as a joint partnership by the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow (CLfT), is a professional development program designed for non-hunting student and professional leaders within the natural resource sciences. CLfT focuses on hunting awareness and conservation education throughout the 4- and 5-day workshops that blend interactive classroom discussion with field experiences.

Black Bear-Resistant Products Testing

Bear-resistant products can be a great solution for securing items that attract bears to homes, ranches, campgrounds and other areas where they might find unnatural foods. However, not all bear-resistant products are created equal when it comes to their ability to deter bears.

A new program evaluates the effectiveness of a variety of commercially-available, bear-resistant products including trash cans, backpacking canisters and wildlife feeders. The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) provided start-up funding and professional expertise for the program.