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
In 2013 the need for collaborative problem solving tools and opportunities are more necessary than ever. Wyoming is becoming more complex economically, socially, institutionally, politically and ecologically. Many policies mandate public involvement, many stakeholders would like to be involved, and many decision-makers prefer to receive meaningful public input into complex decisions. But how can the public’s input be meaningful if the terms, concepts, and technical trade-offs are new, or distrusted, by them?
Additionally, these decisions affect and involve participants and constituents with various values, sets of knowledge, experiences, attitudes, and beliefs, and the decisions often involve a high level of controversy. Lastly, decisions can often be complex, trans-disciplinary and very integrated, whereby one factor affects many aspects.
This Collaboration Program in Natural Resources seeks to address a number of these challenges. Mid- and upper-level professionals and well as individuals whose work involves land or natural resource management and decision making in Wyoming and the surrounding region are invited to join.
The Collaboration Program in Natural Resources entails a series of six rigorous, hands-on sessions in which participants will develop collaborative problem-solving skills to address natural resource issues.
Self Discovery and Introduction to Concepts
Group Processes: Negotiation and Leadership Skills
Collaboration for Communities and Landscapes
Public Participation & Environmental Decision-Making
Practicum Presentation and Graduation
April 30-May 2, Lander
May 20-22, Casper
June 10-12, Lander
Aug 19-21, Lander
Nov 5, Casper and online
March 2014, location and date TBD
The curriculum will address all ten of the competencies outlined in the “UNCG Guide to Collaborative Competencies".
Dr. Jessica Clement, Research Scientist in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, directs the program. She brings expertise in collaborative governance and collaborative learning related to forests, wildlife, recreation, public lands, and other resources. Dr. Steve Smutko, Professor and Spicer Chair in Collaborative Practice, also at the Ruckelshaus Institute will be co-teaching these training sessions.
Participants are required to:
Tuition of $1000 is due at the first session. Tuition does not cover travel costs. Scholarships are available for a limited number of participants. To pay your tuition online through the University of Wyoming's secure system with a credit card, please click here.
If you have any questions, or would like to pay by check please contact the Ruckelshaus Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 766-5080.