The primary objective of CLfT is to identify current and future leaders of the natural resource management profession who do not hunt and provide them with an understanding of the diverse and important roles hunters and the consumptive uses of wildlife play in conservation.
CLfT offers senior and graduate level university students who have demonstrated great leadership, have a career focus in wildlife conservation, and who have been selected by academic staff to attend a CLfT workshop. These workshops are held regionally across the U.S. and include 4-7 universities at each event.
A more in-depth CLfT model focuses on professionals in leadership positions within the natural resources field who have been selected by their agencies senior staff to attend. CLfT’s professional development workshops offer participants from a diverse background the opportunity to explore the role that hunting, angling, and trapping have in the conservation of wildlife in North America and beyond. The workshop offers a cadre of highly trained instructors, encourages open-minded and critical analysis of the social, ecological, and professional implications of hunting and how it impacts conservation.
CLfT maintains exacting standards for partners, participants, and instructors. Imperative to the success of each workshop is absolute assurance that all information is scientifically valid, apolitical in nature, focused on conservation of wildlife, and representative of the most current natural resource policies. In addition, we ensure that all CLfT workshops maintain a safe and constructive environment that encourages the open-minded exchange of different and potentially opposing viewpoints.
Participant selection process
CLfT cooperates with universities and natural resource agencies to identify and determine which students and staff are most appropriate for CLfT participation. We do not directly accept applications for participation.