Six Statewide Informational
Meetings In September
PHOENIX - The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking
public comment on the draft "Wildlife 2012" plan, a strategic plan
that will guide how the agency manages wildlife, outdoor
recreational opportunities and its own operations for the next six
The department develops a new strategic plan every six years.
The draft document is posted for review on the department’s Web
azgfd.gov. Six public meetings will be held around the state
in September to provide an overview. Written comment will be
accepted until Oct. 6.
"Public input will be important in helping us finalize the
plan," says Bruce Taubert, the department’s assistant director for
wildlife management. "Everyone has a stake in the continued health
of our state’s wildlife populations and in future recreational
opportunities. It’s important to make your viewpoint known."
"Wildlife 2012" reflects the management direction the Arizona
Game and Fish Commission has provided to the department for the
next six years. The plan outlines priorities and strategic goals
affecting four areas: wildlife management, off-highway vehicle
recreation, watercraft recreation, and department administration.
"Wildlife 2012 is different from past department strategic
plans," says Taubert. "Those plans included a lot of day-to-day
detail and were not very user-friendly for the public. This plan
is much more concise, providing a broad overview of our goals and
Taubert says the detailed action steps included in past
strategic plans will now be incorporated into separate operational
and implementation plans.
The public meetings will include a presentation on the planning
process and an overview of the plan’s highlights. The meetings
will be held from 6-9 p.m. on the following dates:
- Wednesday, Sept. 6 – Yuma, Arizona Game and
Fish Department Yuma regional office, 9140 E. 28th St.
- Monday, Sept. 11 – Kingman, Arizona Game
and Fish Department Kingman regional office, 5325 N. Stockton
- Tuesday, Sept. 12 - Flagstaff, Arizona Game
and Fish Department Flagstaff regional office, 3500 S. Lake Mary
- Thursday, Sept. 14 – Mesa, Arizona Game and
Fish Department Mesa regional office, 7200 E. University Drive.
- Friday, Sept. 15 – Pinetop, Arizona Game
and Fish Department Pinetop regional office, 2878 E. White
- Monday, Sept. 18, - Tucson, Arizona Game
and Fish Department Tucson regional office, 555 N. Greasewood
People will have the opportunity to ask questions, but no oral
comment will be taken at the meetings. Written comment can be
submitted at the meetings, or anytime through Oct. 6, by e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by U.S. mail to Wildlife 2012,
c/o Funds & Planning, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 2221 W.
Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85023-4399.