What will conservation look like in 10 years? When the National Conservation Leadership Institute asked that question, it began to answer it by training an elite group of future leaders.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is honored to have Big-Game Program Manager Stewart Liley selected to join the 2013-14 group of fellows who will begin training this fall. The group is diverse, including stakeholders from state and federal agencies, nongovernment organizations and private companies that have interests in the future of conservation.

“I am excited that Stewart was accepted for this year’s NCLI opportunity,” said Jim Lane, Department director. “Having worked with Stewart since 2009, I nominated him for NCLI based on his outstanding leadership potential and passion for wildlife resource management. He is one of the most progressive thinkers I have worked with in my career. NCLI will help him prepare for future leadership positions in the department.”
The National Conservation Leadership Institute leadership boot camp is nine months of world-class leadership training. The Institute selects 36 participants every year from across the United States and has trained seven groups of fellows since 2006. Alumni are able to immediately use their new skills to help their agencies tackle complex conservation problems.

“I hope that it will better prepare me for the conservation challenges to come so I can help this state wildlife agency with the complexities it will face in the future,” Liley said.

In the coming years, the Institute envisions fellows occupying key conservation leadership positions across the country by graduating 360 fellows by 2016. Its vision statement reads: “Because of the National Conservation Leadership Institute, conservation leadership in the future will be widely regarded as one of America’s greatest strengths. From the smallest government agency to the largest conservation federation, there will be a shared confidence that our legacy is safeguarded by extraordinary leaders with a conservation mission.”

Image courtesy New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

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