Wichita, KS – Following nearly two years of reflection, input from more than 200 stakeholders, and many hours spent on a vision for the future, the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) Board of Directors announces its updated mission, vision, and strategic plan. This new statement of our Mission, Vision, Goals and Objectives reflects not only where KAWS has been and is today, but provides a matrix for key priorities for the next five years.
“As an organization, KAWS has a rich history of partnerships that have made our work possible,” said KAWS Executive Director Jessica Mounts. “Working through the process for our Strategic Plan has allowed us to capitalize on those partnerships to identify our key values and direction into our future.”
In the updated mission, KAWS reaffirmed its commitment to “Connecting the waters, lands, and people of Kansas.” In addition to clarifying this mission, KAWS also recognized these core values, essential to the vision of the organization:
- Waters that are clean, plentiful, and protected.
- Lands that are prosperous for people and wildlife.
- People who are knowledgeable in sustaining natural resources.
“We are proud that this strategic plan has helped redefine and clarify our mission and vision – the direction of our organization, based on what we believe are Kansas’ pressing needs,” said Brad Loveless, chair of KAWS’s Board of Directors. “This plan acknowledges the challenges we’re facing in both the short and long term, and prepares KAWS to respond by working to be a vital partner for conservation in Kansas.”
To implement this project, KAWS will be evaluating and growing existing programs, expanding upon external communications and marketing, diversifying funding opportunities and evaluating organizational structure and processes. “Evaluation and fine-tuning our work will be the key to moving this plan forward, said Mounts. “We’ve identified our priorities, and will be assigning those priorities to specific team members to move them forward.” Since 1996, KAWS has served as a key resource in the conservation of wetlands and streams in Kansas. “KAWS is at a pivotal time to move ahead in a thoughtful, strategic manner,” Loveless said. “We’re looking forward to working with our partners in this exciting new phase of KAWS’s history.” The Strategic Plan can be viewed at www.kaws.org.