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August 15, 2023

Having sprouted from its beginnings at Iowa State University in 1935, the CRU Program has flourished into a partnership comprising 42 Units in 40 states. Central to this initiative has been the collaboration between the USGS, States, Universities, the USFWS, and the Wildlife Management Institute. This union has pioneered research and nurtured the next generation of natural resource professionals.

We need your participation and support in circulating a survey among state natural resource agency collaborators! We want to reach a diverse group of professionals, biologists, and managers including those in distinct land or park divisions. Whether engaged in conserving game or non-game species, operating in terrestrial, freshwater, or marine environments, your feedback is invaluable in informing the future of the program.

A survey invitation and reminders have been sent to the directors of state agency cooperators for distribution. If you receive it from them, please consider responding. If you have not already been asked, you may access the survey online.

A railroad crossing over the East Branch Penobscot River located at Streamgage 01029500 in Grindstone, Maine
A railroad crossing over the East Branch Penobscot River in Grindstone, Maine.

The legacy of the CRUU Program is vast.  As the CRU continuously reflects on and refines its approach, researchers at the University of Maine have initiated a project to evaluate the program's impact and effectiveness. A critical component of this assessment involves understanding the relationships and networks among cooperators. While we have gained significant insight from a survey focusing on CRU scientists, we want to capture the perspectives of all collaborators. This will offer a more holistic view of program dynamics and function.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey or its administration, please do not hesitate to reach out to Sarah Vogel (Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine) at

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