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About us|Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Haub School of Environment
and Natural Resources
Bim Kendall House
804 E Fremont St
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: (307) 766-5080
Fax: (307) 766-5099

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming

Steve Smutko, Haub School of Environment and Natural ResourcesSteve Smutko, Spicer Chair of Collaborative Practice

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics

University of Wyoming

(307) 766-2703  |  |  CV | Kendall House, Rm 202


PhD Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Auburn University
Dissertation title: "An Operational Model of Regional Sustainable Economic Development."

MCRP (Masters of Community and Regional Planning), North Dakota State University
Thesis title: "Preservation of Migratory Waterfowl Habitat in North Dakota: Landowner Attitudes and Recommended Strategies."

BS Outdoor Recreation, Colorado State University

Background and expertise

Steve Smutko is the University of Wyoming's Spicer Chair in Collaborative Practice and a professor in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. He has designed, convened, and facilitated numerous public policy decision processes on natural resources issues in the Rocky Mountain West and the southeast United States. Dr. Smutko also conducts research in collaborative decision-making and teaches courses in environmental decision making and negotiation analysis.

Classroom Teaching

ENR 3000 Approaches to Environment and Natural Resources Problem Solving
ENR/AGEC 4450/5450 Negotiation

ENR/AGEC 4550/5550 Negotiation Analysis

Selected publications

Smutko, L.S. and M.L Addor. “The Resilience and Power of Heterarchical Leadership.” In Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook, Deborah R. Gallagher, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press. 2012.

Keske, C.M. and L.S. Smutko. “Using audience response system technology (ARS) to assess community preferences for extraction and recreation.” J. of Sustainable Tourism, 18(8): 951-970. 2010.

J.W. Robinson and L.S. Smutko  “The Role of Conflict in Community Development.”   In An Introduction to Community Development: Theory and Practice, J.W. Robinson and G.P. Green, eds. Sage Press, 2010.

Singletary, L., L. S. Smutko, M, Smith, G. Hill, S. Daniels, J. Ayres, and K. Haaland, “Skills Needed to Help Communities Manage Natural Resource Conflicts.” Conflict Resolution Quarterly.  25(3): 303-320l. 2008

Singletary, L., M, Smith, G. Hill, S. Daniels, L. S. Smutko, J. Ayres, and K. Haaland, “Strengthening Extension’s Capacity to Conduct Public Issues Education Programs:  Results of a National Needs Assessment.”  Journal of Extension 43:3(Article No. 3FEA1). 2007

Addor, M.L, Denckla, T, Dukes, E.F., M. Ellerbrock, and L.S. Smutko, "Theory to Practice Model: The Natural Resources Leadership Institute." Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 23(2): 203-23. 2006.

Public policy projects directed

Upper Green River Basin Air Quality Citizens Advisory Task Force. Assembled and led 23-member task force of representatives of industry, community, local government, and conservation organizations. The purpose of the task force is to advise and make recommendations to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality on approaches to reduce winter time ozone levels associated with energy development in Upper Green River Basin Ozone Nonattainment Area.

Coalbed Methane Produced Water Permitting Strategy. Contracted with the Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality to design and conducted a collaborative decision process to develop recommendations on a new strategy for permitting water discharges from coalbed methane production wells. December 2009 – present.

Transitioning to an Actual Cost Method for the NC Nutrient Offset Payment Program. Contracted with the NC DENR Ecosystem Enhancement Program to develop a stakeholder-driven decision making process for establishing a pricing mechanism for North Carolina’s nutrient offset payment program. December 2008 – June 2009.

Recreational Use on the Chattooga River.  Contracted by the US Forest Service to design and conduct a capacity analysis and subsequent National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessment to enable joint decision making among the Forest Service and key stakeholders. March – December 2007.


For more information about Dr. Smutko's expertise, publications, and projects, please click here to view his CV.

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