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Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

University of Wyoming

Bim Kendall House

804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080

Fax: (307) 766-5099

Email: haub.school@uwyo.edu

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Research Briefs

Cover of research brief titled "Modeling Visitor Use on High Elevation Trails: An Example from Long's Peak" with a painting of a mountain

Modeling Visitor Use on High Elevation Trails: An Example from Long's Peak

Paper by Dave Pettebone, Ashley D’Antonio, Abigail Sisneros-Kidd, and Christopher Monz

This study used camera traps to collect visitor use data near the summit of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, to determine if counts from near the trailhead could accurately estimate use at the summit and to provide a framework for using data from a lower elevation, easily accessible area to estimate visitor use in remote, high-elevation locations.

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Cover of research brief titled "Using Practitioner Knowledge to Expand the Toolbox for Private Lands Conservation" with a photo of a hay field

Using Practitioner Knowledge to Expand the Toolbox for Private Lands Conservation

Paper by Drew E. Bennett, Liba Pejchar, Beth Romero, Richard Knight, and Joel Berger

This study assesses familiarity with seven private land conservation strategies to identify knowledge gaps and provide expert opinion on how well these tools work.

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Cover of research brief titled "Hunting and Mountain Sheep: Do Current Harvest Practices Affect Horn Growth?" showing an image of a wild bighorn sheep.

Hunting and Mountain Sheep: Do Current Harvest Practices Affect Horn Growth?

Paper by Tayler N. LaSharr, Ryan A. Long, James R. Heffelfinger, Vernon C. Bleich, Paul R. Krausman, R. Terry Bowyer, Justin M. Shannon, Robert W. Klaver, Clay E. Brewer, Mike Cox, A. Andrew Holland, Anne Hubbs, Chadwick P. Lehman, Jonathan D. Muir, Bruce Sterling, and Kevin L. Monteith

Horn size in a population of bighorn sheep in Canada declined due to intense hunting pressure. This raised the question of how current hunting practices might be affecting horns more broadly. Hunting can reduce mountain sheep horn size by removing older animals from a population and skewing the herd toward younger animals with smaller horns or by removing animals with genetic material for large horns from the herd. Researchers at the Haub School examined tens of thousands of harvest records of bighorn sheep from the western US and Canada to determine whether hunting pressure was causing genetic change in bighorn sheep herds.

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Cover of research brief titled "Harnessing Visitors' Enthusiasm for National Parks to Advance Landscape Conservation" showing an image of a grizzly bear crossing a highway in a national park in front of a bunch of tourists with cameras.

Harnessing Visitors' Enthusiasm for National Parks to Advance Landscape Conservation

Paper by Arthur Middleton,​ Temple Stoellinger,​ Harshad Karandikar,​ Bryan Leonard,​ Holly Doremus,​ and Claire Kremen

In 2018, the Wyoming legislature put forward a proposal to collect a “conservation fee” from visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, suggesting that those who benefit from observing the parks’ abundant wildlife should help shoulder the costs those animals place on the surrounding region. In this study, the authors explore that proposal by assessing different options for collecting a conservation fee from park visitors, examining the legal hurdles to these options, and analyzing their various revenue generating capacities.

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Endangered Species Act Research Brief, 2018, cover

Wildlife Issues are Local – So Why Isn't ESA Implementation?

Paper by Temple Stoellinger

This research brief summarizes a legal analysis exploring the legislative history of the Endangered Species Act and making an argument for strengthening the role of states in conserving listed species. The study, by Haub School assistant professor and co-director for the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies, Temple Stoellinger, was published in UC Berkeley School of Law’s Ecology Law Quarterly.

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Mule Deer and Energy Development Research Brief, 2017, brief cover

Mule Deer and Energy Development

Paper by Hall Sawyer, Nicole Korfanta, Ryan Nielson, Kevin Monteith, and Dale Strickland

This study investigated the long-term impacts of energy development on mule deer in the Upper Green River Basin of western Wyoming. The researchers used telemetry data from 184 deer across a 17-year period to determine whether deer habituated to energy development and if their response varied with winter severity.

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Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

University of Wyoming

Bim Kendall House

804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080

Fax: (307) 766-5099

Email: haub.school@uwyo.edu

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