Open Spaces Initiative
Wyomingites have demonstrated a desire for healthy, open landscapes, vibrant communities, and growing economies. The Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative is a long-term project designed to support working landscapes for agriculture, wildlife, and sustainable communities through applied research, information, education, and community-based decision making.
The Open Spaces Initiative is a collaborative effort
of the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, the
Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, the Department of
Agriculture and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming Extension, and
the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database. The initiative supports Wyoming citizens' effective maintenance our
state's open spaces through research, information, education, and decision-making
assistance. The research group considers agricultural sustainability, community planning and development,
wildlife, and other related cultural, economic,
and environmental issues of importance to Wyoming.
- Population Growth in Wyoming, 2000-2010, by David T. Taylor and Shawn Lanning, synthesizes decennial census data to detail population change at the state, county, and city scale.
- Second Home Growth in Wyoming, 2000-2010, by David T. Taylor and Shawn Lanning, tracks second home growth in Wyoming, showing nearly one out of every five housing units outside cities, towns, and unincorporated communities is currently a second home. Supplemental table: Second home housing units by location.
Browse all the Open Spaces Initiative publications or visit the new maps library.
Wyoming's State of the Space: A Comprehensive Review of Land Use Trends in Wyoming
Published in 2009, "Wyoming's State of the Space" compiles eight years
of collaborative research efforts by UW faculty for the Open Spaces
Initiative. The report is a resource for local and state decision
makers, planners, stakeholders, and the public.
The publication is authored by Diana Hulme, Chamois Andersen, Katelyn Parady, Jeff Hamerlinck, Scott Lieske, and Indy Burke.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead Cites Open Spaces
"A December report from the UW Ruckelshaus Institute estimates the (Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources) Trust generated more than 500 jobs annually and nearly $21 million dollars in labor earnings in Wyoming since 2006.
"Whether you hunt or fish, whether you are a stockgrower, or stockbroker, or just a person who relishes the outdoors and all it offers in Wyoming, our quality and way of life are tied to successful conservation efforts.
"I have included funding for the Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust in my budget recommendations and ask for support of this funding, for Ag, for conservation, for tourism and for energy -- all a big part of Wyoming’s future"
-- Wyoming Governor Matt MeadState of the State address, February 2012