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IASNR3 - PNG

(936) 337-8589

IASNR3 - PNG

Executive Officer Notes – Early 2021 Keeping in Touch

Notes from the Executive Officers

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Bill Stewart, Executive Director
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Becky Schewe, Treasurer
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Lee Cerveny, Secretary

With the close of 2021, we are slowly returning to old ways, as well as forging new possibilities to connect ourselves to research processes, learning strategies, and engaging the communities in which we work. We hope this newsletter finds you healthy and creative in the larger goals of understanding relationships between people, environment, and natural resources. This past year’s virtual IASNR Conference was successful in many ways, including the several roundtable discussions that provided insight to ways in which our IASNR committees could direct their efforts. A resounding message from the conference sessions and roundtables was that our membership is enthusiastic about the scholarly niche IASNR fills, and that our sessions and speakers reflect an innovative spirit for connecting society and natural resources – all wrapped-up in a welcoming and constructively-supportive community.  In addition, the keynotes were well-attended and generated context for several questions/comments within the research sessions. Also, the community board was active with networking discussions that were professional, personal, and made for good reading during the conference.

We’d like to highlight some events and initiatives going on within IASNR:

  • We’re hosting a face-to-face conference next June 26-30, 2022 in San José, Costa Rica! We encourage you to attend and contribute to the cutting-edge discussions related to local or global natural resource management issues, environmental justice, collaborative stakeholder processes, and social impacts of policies and development. The deadline for abstract submission is February 4, 2022. After the conference we will have supplementary online engagement opportunities for members who may be unable to attend in person.
  • Despite the challenges of the pandemic, IASNR remains on solid financial footing. Membership remains strong, the journal is growing, and we are looking forward to welcoming new members at our Costa Rica meeting and online opportunities in 2022.
  • A working group has formed to explore the development of a hub model for IASNR. We are currently exploring strategies to develop regional hubs that serve as pathways to recruit and retain members. The hub model will also help internationalize scholarly discussion about natural resource management issues in terms of native languages, time zones, and networking with professionals. The working group hopes to draft a proposal for hub logistics and operating procedures to Council for discussion and vote by July2022.
  • Have you ever wondered how to get involved with IASNR? We have three Council members who will cycle off this year and we are electing three new members to serve. Council meets on a quarterly basis where we make decisions about IASNR initiatives. We have eight committees that do much of the heavy lifting of the organization. These committees are chaired by Council members who provide leadership for the organization along their fronts of programming: Elections, Ethics, Professional Development, Membership, Student Affairs, Publications, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and Conference Support. A call for nominations will be coming out soon, with deadline for nomination set for January 14, 2022. You may nominate an IASNR member or nominate yourself.
  • Finally, if you haven’t already, we would be grateful if you renewed your IASNR membership. We depend on our membership dues to support the programming, webinars, conferences and other activities we do to support our collective scholarly identity.
  • As part of your membership renewal, be sure to update your profile for our new and improved membership directory – available exclusively for our members to network with one another.

Thank you for being a member of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources. If you have ideas or would like to get involved, please let us know!  See you at the Conference in June!

Bill, Becky, and Lee