Deer play important roles in the ecology of Michigan, and in the culture of the people who live in and visit the Great Lakes State. How are decisions about the management of the state's deer herds made? What goals are we working to achieve through that management? How can individuals or groups of individuals become involved in those decisions or work together to achieve similar goals at a local scale? Brent Rudolph, the Deer and Elk Program Leader for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will discuss and engage us in dialogue on these points in our next webcast.
Brent Rudolph - Brent is the Deer and Elk Program Leader for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, where he has worked for the Wildlife Division for more than 14 years. He coordinates research and public engagement to assist in developing biologically and socially grounded policies and strategies for deer and elk management. Brent enjoys all variety of outdoor activities in Michigan, including hunting, backpacking, canoeing, and camping with his wife, 2 daughters, and English setter. He was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and is a graduate of Michigan State University, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Ohio Northern University.
Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.