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Recent Seminar Topics

Each year the seminar uses three case studies to illustrate policy and governance challenges. Recent topics include:

  • Exxon Valdez oil spill - 20 years later
  • Superfund asbestos-contaminated vermiculite clean-up in Libby, MT
  • Sea lion and salmon conflicts in the Lower Columbia River
  • Bison Management in Yellowstone National Park
  • Tribal governance and natural resources management
  • Wind energy development in the Columbia Gorge
  • Wild horse management on public lands
  • Killer whale recovery in the Salish Sea
  • Klamath basin restoration agreements
  • Wolf recovery and management in Oregon

Public Policy & Governance Principles

Case studies are augmented by lectures and class discussions on key public policy and governance principles, including:

  • Tribal Governance: Rights and Responsibilities
  • The Geography of Influence in Policy Making and Implementation
  • Community Civic Capacity and Resiliency
  • A Road Map for Collaborative Governance
  • Leading in a Power Shared World: Who’s in Charge?
  • Political Economy, Wicked Problems and Role of Civil Society
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Substantive law and policy: i.e. fish and wildlife, public lands, forests, water policy, 
  • Restoring the Land Requires Sustaining the Community

Professional development of agency staff is a top priority for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Executive Seminar Program has provided an outstanding leadership training opportunity for agency employees.  The live case studies allow participants to examine all aspects of highly controversial natural resource issues, and gain from the experiences of others in collaboratively resolving those issues.  ODFW often plays a key role in the outcome of major decisions affecting natural resources, and employees that have completed ESP are better equipped to provide the vision and leadership to help forge effective solutions and policy.  The Center for Public Service is providing a much needed service for the divers stakeholders involved in natural resource management.

- Roy Elicker
Director, Fish and Wildlife Programs
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife