Chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Michigan’s deer population is having statewide impacts felt by Michigan residents, well beyond traditional hunting groups. As more is learned about the disease, broader stakeholders may be impacted by regulations, legislative policy, and impacts on retail, and environmental contamination. The health and wellbeing of the deer population in Michigan affects everyone in some way. Many, including Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), are working hard to understand CWD, slow its spread, and communicate important information to those who may be affected or interested in knowing more.
Impacted stakeholders and the public need information about the disease and policies related to it that may affect them. To make sure that the information is timely, relevant, and useful, the National Charrette Institute, MSU Extension, and DNR are convening a broad set of viewpoints including, agriculture, deer co-ops, hunters, local businesses, local government, privately-owned Cervidae (deer, elk, reindeer, and moose) producers, processors, public health organizations, sports shops, tribal government, and youth to co-create an education and outreach plan on CWD using a unique community engagement process.
The goal of this project is to help individuals from across Michigan better understand the scope of the CWD effects and communicate the strategies that can be undertaken to minimize the impact of the disease and reduce the spread. While the community-engagement activities will take place in the Montcalm/Ionia county area– the hotspot for CWD prevalence in Michigan – it is anticipated that components of the plan will be relevant for audiences statewide.
Reasons to Participate
- MSU, DNR and partnering organizations want this CWD education and outreach plan to be the most effective communication effort possible. Your voice can help make that happen.
- Your participation will have an actual impact on a real and usable plan with tangible results. This isn’t just busy work.
- Your attendance is important because what we hear will be the foundation for the education and outreach plan that will have statewide reach.
- This is an opportunity to provide valuable input into the education and outreach plan and shape future communications.
- This process has never been used to create an education and outreach plan, be part of something historic – usher in a new way to engage around deer management communication.
- Learn about what others think about the issue.
- This process is a fun and engaging way to have your voice heard.
- This is a great way to network and build relationships with others who care about our natural resources.
Holly Madill (Project Manager)
Director, National Charrette Institute
School of Planning, Design and Construction
Michigan State University
Chronic Wasting Disease Educator
50 E. Sprague Rd.
Ionia, MI 48846
616-527-8219 (direct line)
616-527-5357 (main office) firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Dimensions Research Specialist
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
University Outreach and Engagement
Michigan State University
This project is being guided by a community based Steering Committee that provides context, reviews processes and materials, and helped plan the community engagement workshop and other project activities. Their leadership has been invaluable.
Resources & Links
- DNR CWD website: www.mi.gov/cwd
- DNR CWD dashboard: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79136_79608_90516_90536_90552_90560---,00.html
- DNR Partner Toolkit: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79136_79608_90516_90542_90543---,00.html
- CWD National Alliance website: www.cwd-info.org