About the Program
In 2020, the Western Conservation Leadership Development Program was established after program founders and their staff recognized that national and other leadership programs were not able to meet the growing demand for conservation training.
Based on a needs assessment completed by western conservation agencies, it was determined that there was a shared interest in beginning the work of addressing the significant gap in access to professional development to support a changing agency workforce; prepare staff moving from mid-career positions to senior authority roles; and develop leadership capacities for teams working at all scales to collaborate on complex conservation challenges, especially conservation embedded with conflict. With ingenuity, responsiveness, and a willingness to experiment, the founders launched this inspiring program.
The WCLDP is guided by an Oversight Board composed of private landowners, state fish and wildlife agencies, federal agencies, corporate partners, and non-governmental organizations. Our fiscal agent is the WYldlife Fund.