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					              Isolated Patrols
• Public does not see the
  officer
• Radio dispatching
• Lost contact with
  public
• 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
  citizens
• 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
  community
• 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
           Introduction
              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
  unanimously
  Important Implications of
           HB38

• 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
         Recreation
  Survey of 806 Virginia State
          Residents
       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
          watch/photo
          Fished                      20

          Went boating/jet
          ski
          Hunted

                                                42
                                           36
                                 9

                             0       20    40        60



Percent                                    Responsive Management
(N=157)
  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
                                                                                 85

                             Would Take a trip
                                                                       66
     Took trip of 1 mile to observe, photo, feed
                       wildlife                             33

                                                   0   20   40    60        80        100

Percent                                                     Responsive Management
(N=4)
 Virginia Hunters’ Attitudes
Toward Hunting and Wildlife
        Management
Survey of 826 Licensed Virginia
           Hunters
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
(N=826)
 Virginia Anglers’ Attitudes
Toward Fishing and Fisheries
        Management
 Survey of 793 Licensed Virginia
            Anglers
Anglers Survey




              Travel less than two hours                             84

  Wants VDGIF to encourage landowners                40

                                           0   20   40    60    80        100


Percent                                             Responsive Management
(N=826)
Virginia Boaters’ Attitudes
     Toward Boating
   Survey of 849 Virginia
          Boaters
Boaters for Mandatory
Boating Safety Classes
          Strongly support                  41


     Somewhat support                 22




                             0   20        40     60       80      100

Percent                                          Responsive Management
(N=849)
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
(N=849)
Virginia Landowners’ Attitudes
   Toward Fish and Wildlife
          Management
     Survey of 291 Virginia
         Landowners
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
                                                                                       93
                    habitats

                               Wildlife viewing                                        92


                                       Hunting                                    82


                                       Farming                                80


                            Timber production                                76


                                        Fishing                         67

                                                   0   20   40     60        80         100


Percent                                                     Responsive Management
(N=291)
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
(N=291)
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
                                                      12
         protection in really provided


                 Totally unaware it existed                                  83


                               Don't know 0


                                              0        20   40    60    80        100


 Percent                                                    Responsive Management
 (N=291)
        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
  limited
• “Neighborhood Watch” programs have
  been successful for other law enforcement
  agencies
        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
         Environment
• Put emphasis on issues
  important to VDGIF
• Give in order to get
• Give traditional crime
  prevention training
• Act as liaisons with other
  agencies
• 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
  together
• 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
                  Emphasis
• 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,
  internet
• Conduct outdoor
  programs
• Stress they are the
  future leaders
• Build trust and
  cooperation
                Partnerships
• 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
  effort
• Stress try to involve
  everyone
• Stress to improve
  cooperation
             Dedication
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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