WAFWA / CBMA Joint Workshop 2021

September 13, 2021 - September 16, 2021

Big Sky, Montana


WAFWA – Administrative Officers Workshop (AOW) and CBMA Joint Conference

The Fish and Wildlife Administrative Officers from the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and the Conservation Business Managers Association (CBMA) throughout the United States and Canada are dedicated to raising the standards and establishing best practices in support of promoting a broader understanding and acceptance of the value of business management as a tool of natural resource management.

This annual conference is an opportunity for State Fish and Wildlife Agency Administrative Staff to interact with their peers from other agencies throughout the United States and Canada. Administrative staff represent the heads of Procurement, Licensing, Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance and Budget. The first workshop was hosted by WAFWA in 1961, view the WAFWA AOW objectives and membership (PDF, 99 KB). The first joint WAFWA AOW and CBMA conference was held in 2002. View the Host, Co-Host Responsiblities (PDF, 134 KB).

Schedule of Events

September 13 – 16, 2021
Big Sky, Montana



Due to staffing limitations at Big Sky Resort, the hotel is not able to sell additional rooms and we are closing registration. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Samantha Erpenbach at Samantha.erpenbach@mt.gov. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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2021 WAFWA/CBMA Conference

Keynote Presentations

Us versus Them: Generational Differences in the Workplace

Generational differences in the workplace is something we all see and navigate. This hysterical and informative keynote presented by Jeff Havens will show us all a simpler way to look at our own generational picture, and learn how to understand, recognize, and resolve generational issues facing today’s workforce.

Grizzly Bear Behavior, Ecology, and the Conservation of Wild Bears

Casey Anderson is an Emmy nominated filmmaker, an adventurer and explorer. He has spent the last three decades traveling the world, capturing nature and wildlife through the camera lens. Casey has been seen on Nat Geo WILD, BBC, PBS, Travel Channel, and the Discovery Channel. He has made it his mission to bring his love of the wild to the hearts of the world, instilling a drive to conserve untamed and untouched wild places.

Breakout Presentations & Activities

Montana Raptors Live Raptor Program

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Opening Night Reception

Presentation Forthcoming

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Chuck Wagon BBQ at 320 Guest Ranch

The Archeology of Montana’s State Parks

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Hospitality Suite

View our Promotional Brochure (PDF, 395 KB)

Come Early, Stay Late!

Montana has a TON to offer in the way of recreation! Arrive early or stay after the conference and explore! The West Yellowstone entrance of Yellowstone National Park is an hour away from Big Sky Resort; hike Big Sky; explore dinosaurs at Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, etc.! View our brochure below and check out Visitmt.com for more information! Your Montana WAFWA team is happy to provide suggestions! BROCHURE – Explore Big Sky (PDF, 6 MB)


Gain exposure to fish & wildlife professionals, networking opportunities, exchange information and ideas, and learn about the challenges your customer agencies are facing.

Your sponsorship of the WAFWA/CBMA Conference would assist us in hosting a world-class event and demonstrate your organization’s commitment to wildlife conservation. In exchange, your organization will have the valuable opportunity to make face-to-face CONNECTIONS with hundreds of fish and wildlife professionals; you’ll have ACCESS to people who need your products and services; and the EXPOSURE will reinforce your brand awareness and maximize visibility in the wildlife community.

As a sponsor or exhibitor promoting your services to Natural Resource Business Professionals, you will have the ability to showcase your business through an exhibit space, attend meals and social functions building relationships with our attendees, and attend a special Vendor cocktail party located within the vendor exhibit space which will provide an opportunity to discuss your products and services. Please review the Sponsorship Brochure (PDF, 615 KB) and sign up today to support the WAFWA/CBMA Conference.

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Host/Co-host of Wednesday Banquet
Host/Co-host of Monday or Wednesday Cocktail Reception OR Tuesday or Wednesday Attendee Lunch
Special Mention During Sponsored Event5-10 min.
Company Banner Displayed at Hosted Event
Logo Recognition on Conference Website with LinkLogo Only, No linkLogo Only, No link
Logo on Conference Signage
Ad in Conference Program or AppFull PageFull PageHalf PageQuarter Page
Directory Listing in Conference Program
Exhibit Space
Complimentary Registration(s)5 Attendees4 Attendees3 Attendees2 Attendees1 Attendee
Conference Folio Inserts
(brochure, gifts, etc.)
If you would like to participate as a Sponsor, please click here to register.
  • Conference Gift Bag ($6,000)
  • Copper Mug ($3,500; Mugs will feature sponsor logo and WAFWA 2021 and be made available at the 320 Guest Ranch served with a “Montana Mule” featured drink.
  • Tuesday Chuck Wagon BBQ ($1,500; multiple sponsor opportunities)
  • Hospitality Suite ($1,500; Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday evenings – one night per sponsor)
  • Closing Speaker ($1,500; Includes opportunity to welcome/introduce the closing speaker)
  • Web Access for Conference Attendees ($1,500)
  • Refreshment Breaks ($1,500)
  • Audio-visual Support ($1,500)
  • Bus Transportation ($1,500)
  • Recognition will include: Logo on conference website, signage and program


  • Include a notepad in the conference folio ($1,500)
  • Include a pen in the conference folio ($1,000)
  • Include your business card or flyer in the conference folio ($500)
  • Provide a door prize donation! All donors will receive recognition in the conference program and during the prize drawing.


WAFWA Members
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division
  • Arizona Game and Fish Department
  • British Columbia Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resources Operations
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife
  • Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Nevada Department of Wildlife
  • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  • North Dakota Game & Fish Department
  • Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Utah Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • Yukon Department of Environment
CBMA Members
  • Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
  • North Dakota Game & Fish Department
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Pennsylvania Game Commission
  • South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Rotation Schedule For Hosting the Conference

The WAFWA / CBMA Joint Workshop is a annual meeting held in odd numbered years sanctioned by WAFWA to accomplish this common goal by providing a forum for members to discuss current issues, exchange ideas and information through study, education, research and cooperative communication.

Past Conferences

Workshop Proceedings