Beginning in 2018, ODWC launched a strategic planning initiative to define what we're aiming for, and the target(s) is clearly in sight for the next 5 years. This plan was built on a solid foundation and robust process of engaging ODWC Commissioners, ODWC leadership, all agency staff and front-line stakeholders with a focus on ensuring the plan becomes the way we work, which ultimately provides the greatest benefits to Oklahoma’s resources and outdoor users.
- 6 agency meetings held throughout the State.
- Three surveys to employees
- 1 stakeholder survey (38 stakeholders) and 1 stakeholder round table
The agency developed a new mission statement as part of the strategic planning process to focus on the most critical pieces of the Wildlife Department’s duties and vision:
We manage and protect fish and wildlife, along with their habitats, while also growing our community of hunters and anglers, partnering with those who love the outdoors and fostering stewardship with those who care for the land.
The strategic planning process resulted in 4 overarching goals, 17 objectives, 85 strategies.
Year 1 of strategic plan implementation was ambitious, with a focus on 14 of the most critical strategies. Strategies were assigned a team lead, who then developed a team of employees to develop an action. Here are highlights of our agency’s accomplishments during the first year:
Maintain and enhance fish and wildlife resources; embrace new and existing partnerships aligned with our Mission.
Provide employees with appropriate equipment, technology and training; recruit, retain and reward a diverse and fully-engaged workforce.
Ensure financial responsibility and sustainability.