The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is North Carolina’s state fish and wildlife agency.  You can learn more about the Commission HERE.

Responsive Management is an internationally recognized research firm specializing in attitudes toward natural resources, wildlife, and outdoor recreation.  Responsive Management is managing all data collection for this study.  You can learn more about Responsive Management HERE.

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Mark Damian Duda

Mark Damian Duda is the Executive Director of Responsive Management. Mark holds a Master’s degree with an emphasis on natural resource policy and planning from Yale University, where he attended on two academic scholarships. During the past 27 years, Mark has conducted more than 1,000 studies on how people relate to the outdoors. Mark is the author of four books on wildlife and outdoor recreation, including The Sportsman’s Voice: Hunting and Fishing in America and Watching Wildlife.              

Mark is a certified wildlife biologist and his research has been upheld in U.S. District Courts, used in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at major natural resource and outdoor recreation conferences around the world. His work has been featured in many of the nation’s top media, including NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN, The New York TimesNewsweek, and the front pages of The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, and USA Today. For 7 years, Mark served as a columnist for North American Hunter and North American Fisherman magazines.      

Mark has been named Conservation Educator of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation and National Wildlife Federation, was a recipient of the Conservation Achievement Award from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and was named Wildlife Professional of the Year by the Virginia Wildlife Society. He also received the Conservation Achievement Award in Communications from Ducks Unlimited and an award from the Potomac Ducks Unlimited Chapter for his contributions as a researcher and writer. Mark was also honored as Qualitative Researcher of the Year by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and received the 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Rifle Association. Mark is an avid birdwatcher, hunter, sport shooter, angler, and boater.

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Tom Beppler

Tom Beppler is a Senior Research Associate with Responsive Management.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in English from James Madison University.  Tom was recently the project manager for a needs assessment of the State of Connecticut’s Conservation Education and Firearms Safety Program, as well as large-scale studies to update big game and freshwater fisheries management plans for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.  Tom has also worked on strategic direction studies for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife; market research for online hunter and boater safety courses; and membership studies for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Izaak Walton League.  In addition to managing projects, Tom conducts focus groups, facilitates public meetings, and writes reports of research results.


Andrea Criscione

Andrea Criscione is a Senior Research Associate with Responsive Management. She holds a Master’s degree in English from Virginia Tech, with a concentration in communication studies, and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bridgewater College. She is co‑author, with Mark Damian Duda and Martin F. Jones, of the 2010 book The Sportsman’s Voice: Hunting and Fishing in America

Andrea’s primary responsibilities at Responsive Management include survey design and development and project management. Since joining Responsive Management in 2004, Andrea has assisted with and served as project manager for numerous studies related to natural resource, fish and wildlife, and outdoor recreation issues. She is credited with writing and developing over 100 surveys focused on attitudes toward natural resource and outdoor recreation issues. In addition to managing projects and developing surveys, Andrea also writes and edits reports and conducts focus groups. 

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Alison Lanier

Alison Lanier has worked as the Business Manager of Responsive Management for 19 years and is familiar with all logistical aspects of survey research.  Although Alison’s primary duties relate to her position as Business Manager, she also coordinates Responsive Management’s focus group and public meeting projects and is involved with the logistics and management of most studies.  Alison received her Bachelor’s degree in international business from James Madison University.

Alison has managed numerous projects that focused on attitudes toward natural resources and outdoor recreation, including projects for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Nevada Department of Wildlife. She has also played an integral role in the development of research plans for resource and fund allocation for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.