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									              Isolated Patrols
• Public does not see the
• Radio dispatching
• Lost contact with
• Contributes to “us
  versus them”
           Community Based
• Allows citizens to put
  a face to officers
• Allows officers to
  have meaningful
  contact with public
• Let both sides get to
  know one another
             New Program
• Develop close working relationship with
• Be proactive
• Dedicated to improving the quality of life
  for the people
• Promote mission of VDGIF
           Expand Contacts
• Community-based
• Flexible to adapt to needs of each
• Everyone within community
• Everyone encouraged to provide input
• Each person should be made to feel their
  interest/concern is as important as anyone’s
House Bill 38 Constituent Studies
              House Bill 38
• Reallocates existing sales tax collections to
  VDGIF Game Protection Fund Amount
• Based on the latest National Survey, agency
  will receive $12.3 million in FY 2001
• Additional funding capped at $13 million
How was HB38 supported?

• Received support from consumptive &
  nonconsumptive users
• Passed both houses of VA General Assembly
  Important Implications of

• Creates new environment for the agency in
  terms of resources AND constituent base

• Increases current agency budget from
  approximately $36 million to $48 million
          Political Realities

• Newly empowered constituents expect to be
  served by agency
• At the same time, traditional users - hunters,
  anglers and boaters - wish to retain their status
  as primary constituents
Virginians’ Attitudes Toward
 Fish, Wildlife, and Outdoor
  Survey of 806 Virginia State
       More Than One-Half Are
       Interested in Information
•   About viewing wildlife
•   What to do with injured wildlife
•   Dealing with nuisance wildlife
•   Enjoying wildlife around their homes
Within The Last Two Years

          Took trip to
          Fished                      20

          Went boating/jet


                             0       20    40        60

Percent                                    Responsive Management
  Virginia Wildlife Viewers’
      Attitudes Toward
Nonconsumptive Wildlife Use
    Survey of 811 Virginia
 Nonconsumptive Wildlife Users
Non-Consumptive User

                  Want info on viewing wildlife                        67

          Want info on how to get invloved with
                         wildlife                                      68

    Interested in wildlife within 1 mile of home

                             Would Take a trip
     Took trip of 1 mile to observe, photo, feed
                       wildlife                             33

                                                   0   20   40    60        80        100

Percent                                                     Responsive Management
 Virginia Hunters’ Attitudes
Toward Hunting and Wildlife
Survey of 826 Licensed Virginia
Hunters Survey

      Hunters fet access to private land is poor              35

  Felt access has gotten worse in last five years                        64

             Wants info on how to get involved                           64

                                                    0   20    40    60        80   100

Percent                                                      Responsive Management
 Virginia Anglers’ Attitudes
Toward Fishing and Fisheries
 Survey of 793 Licensed Virginia
Anglers Survey

              Travel less than two hours                             84

  Wants VDGIF to encourage landowners                40

                                           0   20   40    60    80        100

Percent                                             Responsive Management
Virginia Boaters’ Attitudes
     Toward Boating
   Survey of 849 Virginia
Boaters for Mandatory
Boating Safety Classes
          Strongly support                  41

     Somewhat support                 22

                             0   20        40     60       80      100

Percent                                          Responsive Management
People boating in Virginia during the past two
years, that experienced any interference from
jet skiers that took away from their enjoyment

     Boaters                       43

      Anglers            25

                0   20        40        60       80        100

Percent                                  Responsive Management
Virginia Landowners’ Attitudes
   Toward Fish and Wildlife
     Survey of 291 Virginia
Q18-23. Percent of Virginia landowners that
felt that each of the following is important
(very and somewhat), for their tract of land.

   Caring for/protecting fish/wildlife and their

                               Wildlife viewing                                        92

                                       Hunting                                    82

                                       Farming                                80

                            Timber production                                76

                                        Fishing                         67

                                                   0   20   40     60        80         100

Percent                                                     Responsive Management
Q70-73. Percent of Virginia landowners who
said that legal liability is a concern (major
and minor) when considering allowing
access to their land for…
      Outdoor recreation                                      81

                 Hunting                                 75

          Wildlife viewing                       56

                  Fishing                  49

                             0   20   40         60       80       100

Percent                                         Responsive Management
Q74. Prior to this survey, would you say you
were familiar with this [recreational use] statute,
you knew about it but were unclear how much
protection it really provided, or you were totally
unaware that a law like this existed?

                     Familiar with the law        5

      Knew about it, but unclear how much
         protection in really provided

                 Totally unaware it existed                                  83

                               Don't know 0

                                              0        20   40    60    80        100

 Percent                                                    Responsive Management
        Research Conducted
• What programs were available to strengthen
  ties between the communities and VDGIF
• Material on wildlife and environmental
  issues related to crime prevention very
• “Neighborhood Watch” programs have
  been successful for other law enforcement
        Materials Developed
• In order to provide direction and uniformity
  developed a Wildlife Crime Watch Manual
• Recognizable logo
• Road Signs for participating communities
• Hand out brochures patterned after crime
  prevention literature based on wildlife and
  environmental issues
       Agency Wide Program
• Wardens act as liaisons
• Biologist will be available upon request of
  communities participating
• Biologist will be able to present their
  concerns to communities
• Plans for web site quick link
   Why Wildlife Crime Watch?
• Most law enforcement efforts are re-active
• Damage is already done
• Put emphasis on preventing damage by
  eliminating the opportunity for violators
• Communities can make a difference in
  what goes on in their area
• Law enforcement understaffed
              Manual Contents
• VDGIF Mission              • The Role of Law
  Statement                    Enforcement in WCW
• Why WCW
                             • Pro-Active Efforts
• Starting WCW
                             • Sponsors
• The WCW Meeting
• The Role of Members        • Resources
• Problem Solving            • References
• Organizational Structure   • Blank forms such as
• Phone Trees                  bylaws etc.
   Emphasis on Wildlife and the
• Put emphasis on issues
  important to VDGIF
• Give in order to get
• Give traditional crime
  prevention training
• Act as liaisons with other
• Get them interested in
  items important to VDGIF
      Communities Set Agendas
• Each one decides on
  meeting schedule
• Each one is encouraged to
  define the problem(s) as
  they see them
• Emphasis working
• Have at least one
  community event, pot luck
  supper, etc.
            Liaison Officers
• Coordinate training   • Put on programs
  sessions                which further the
• Emphasis on how to      mission of VDGIF
  report suspicious     • Develop partnerships
  activities              with other agencies to
• Explain how to use      assist participating
  Phone Tree              communities
• Developing              • Develop
  understanding             understanding among
  between outdoor           citizens of the diverse
  recreationalists and      uses of wildlife
  landowners              • Importance to allow
• Share concerns of all     others to practice their
  groups                    sport
• All age groups from     • Not to be possessive to
  youth to elderly are      the point excludes
  important                 others
         Emphasis on Youth
• Conduct programs of
  interest to them,
• Conduct outdoor
• Stress they are the
  future leaders
• Build trust and
• Due to financial constraints funding for this
  program will come from forming partnerships
  with businesses, or groups
• Funding needed for signs, bumper stickers, tee-
  shirts and other items to develop an identity.
• Buchanan County Board of Supervisors, Virginia
  Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation
  and the Virginia Deer Hunters Association
Road Signs 2’ X 3’
          First WCW Chapter
• In October of 1999       • Warden Troy Phillips
  Buchanan County            met with Ralph
  opened for deer season     McGlothlin
  first time in over 20    • Warden Phillips
  years                      obtained support from
• Effort was made to         Buchanan County
  limit hunting by           Board of Supervisors
  concerned citizens       • Fletchers Ridge
                             Chapter formed with
                             38 people
               Media Contact
• Television
• Newspapers
• Stress agency wide
• Stress try to involve
• Stress to improve
This program is dedicated in the memory of
Lieutenant R. W. (Wayne) Marshall: Law
Enforcement Division of the Virginia
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

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