Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wants Your Input On The Agency’s Future Direction

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wants Your Input On The Agency’s Future Direction

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

LITTLE ROCK, AR –-(AmmoLand.com)- The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is developing a 10-year strategic plan that will be based on input from AGFC employees, stakeholders and the general public. The strategic plan will involve developing an agency mission statement, establishing goals, clarifying how to make the most effective use of limited resources.

As part of that planning process, the AGFC will be holding a public meeting on Jan. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 4401 Woodlawn Dr. in Little Rock. The meeting will be facilitated by Mike Fraidenburg of Fraidenburg Consulting. Fraidenburg will be presenting the survey findings and engaging attendees using small group discussions to pull out the most important areas and topics for AGFC to focus on as they development the strategic plan over the next few months.

The plan also will give AGFC staff, stakeholders and Arkansans a sense of partnership regarding the agency’s activities, according to AGFC Director Scott Henderson. “I’ve always appreciated that the people of Arkansas care deeply about fish and wildlife and that when we get the chance to talk about the future we share the same basic goals. But a goal without a plan is just a wish,” Henderson said. “My hope is for a strategic plan that will convert the wishes we share into action we can all support,” he added.

The AGFC is using a two-phase process to ensure that the strategic plan is based on statistically accurate, scientifically defensible research and stakeholder input. The first phase is complete. It was opinion research that included focus groups and telephone surveys of AGFC employees, AGFC stakeholders, including professionals who work with the AGFC but are not AGFC employees and AGFC constituents, including the general population, hunters, anglers, boaters and wildlife watchers.

The second phase is now underway and will create the actual strategic plan based on the research results and public involvement.

The AGFC has created a blog where there is information about the planning process and detailed research results that are guiding planning as well as announcements about meetings and how to provide input. To learn more about AGFC’s planning and your opportunity to provide input visit www.agfc.wordpress.com or go to our website at www.agfc.com and click the link to the blog.