WAFWA / CBMA Joint Workshop 2023

September 11, 2023 - September 14, 2023

Lafayette, Louisiana

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!

Join us for the 2023 WAFWA Administrative Officers Workshop (AOW) and CBMA Joint Conference in Lafayette, Louisiana.

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENTS!

Schedule of Events

September 11 – 14th, 2023
Lafayette, Louisiana

Schedule

Registration

Coming Soon

Lodging

Doubletree
Hilton Lafayette

Room block rate is:
$129, plus 12.45% taxes & fees
Cutoff date for reservations:
August 25th, 2023
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Reservations

Join us as a Sponsor!

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

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Schedule at-a-Glance

*Schedule is subject to change

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Registration Open
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Exhibitor Set-up
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome Reception
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Hospitality Suite Open
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration Open
7:00 AM – 3:30 PM Exhibits Open
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome & Keynote Speaker
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Break with Sponsors
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Committee Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Buffet
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Committee Sessions
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Break with Sponsors
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tour of Avery Island & Dinner
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM Hospitality Suite Open
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast
7:00 AM – 3:30 PM Exhibits Open
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Speaker
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Break with Sponsors
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Committee Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Buffet
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Speaker – U.S. Fish and Wildlife
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Committee Sessions
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Break with Sponsors
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Cocktails & Dinner at Acadian Village
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM Hospitality Suite Open
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Executive Session
7:00 AM – 11:00 AM Exhibits Open
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Committee Reports
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Speaker – LDWF
11:00 AM Exhibitor Tear Down
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Host/Co-Host State Hand-Off

Lodging Details

Overnight accommodations are available at the DoubleTree Hilton Lafayette at a discounted group rate of $129 per night plus 12.45% taxes & fees. These rates will be available until the cut-off date of Friday, August 25, 2023 or until the block is full, whichever occurs first. Click here to book online through the group reservation site.

The Group code to use when calling the reservation line at 800-222-8733 is: WWA.

Doubletree by Hilton Lafayette

Room block rate is:
$129 for Double Bed room/$149 for King Bed room, plus 12.45% taxes and fees
Cutoff date for reservations: August 25, 2023
Cancellation Policy: 48 hours in advance

Travel

Flying. Flights are available from Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) and Baton Rouge Airport (BTR). Lafayette’s airport is about 7 minutes from the Doubletree. The drive from Baton Rouge to Lafayette is 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Lafayette Regional Airport

  • Car Rentals are available from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. Cabs and other car services are also available.
  • Shuttle to/from Lafayette Regional Airport. There is a shuttle from the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. On arrival, use the courtesy phone near the luggage carousel. On departure, arrange with the front desk.

Baton Rouge Airport

  • Car Rentals are available from Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

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JOIN US AS A SPONSOR

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 check back soon for details on how to become a sponsor!

Members

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

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).

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.

Workshop Proceedings