R3 & Recreational Boating

R3 and Recreational Boating will explore recruitment, retention and reactivation of participants in recreational boating. R3 stands for recruitment, retention, and reactivation and R3 activities seek to create new participants or increase participation rates of current or lapsed outdoor recreationists. R3 efforts help to identify how we can effectively support boating opportunities, access and education. The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and state natural resource agencies throughout the country are working to develop and implement effective angler and boater R3 efforts. National guidelines, recommendations and resources have been developed to assist state agencies in their R3 plan development and implementation. Join us to hear about R3 efforts nationally, state agency success stories and resources you can leverage in your state to grow recreational boating participation.

Stephanie Hussey

State R3 Program Director, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

Stephanie Hussey has more than 25 years' experience working with state fish and wildlife agencies and is one of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) veteran staff members. As State R3 Program Director, Stephanie serves as primary liaison with state fish and wildlife agencies in recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) efforts and leads RBFF’s state R3 program development to help agencies increase participation in fishing and boating. Stephanie joined RBFF in December 2000 and has led the development and implementation of many key products and programs with state agencies. Prior to joining RBFF, Stephanie was the director of project development for Southwick Associates, where she marketed and promoted the company’s economic assessments of fish and wildlife-associated recreation. Stephanie started her career in fisheries and wildlife in 1993 as a research assistant for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, assisting with various national fish and wildlife resource management projects. Stephanie received a B.S. degree in biology from Michigan State University and went to Utah State University for a Master’s in fisheries and wildlife.

Tim Spice

Boating Safety Education Manager • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Tim Spice is the Boater Education Manager with Texas Parks and Wildlife. He began his career in January 1995 as a Hunter Education and Boater Education Training Specialist. In 2014, Spice received the Educator of the Year award from the Southern States Association of Boating Law Administrators. He is currently a member of the Education Standards Panel and a Subcommittee Chair on NASBLA’s Education & Outreach Committee. He is also a certified instructor trainer for the National Safe Boating Council.


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