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Ruckelshaus Institute

The Ruckelshaus Institute, a division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, advances the understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resources challenges and supports stakeholder-driven solutions to environmental challenges by conducting and communicating relevant research and promoting collaborative decision making.

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Job Opening at the Haub School

We are now accepting applications for a Private Lands Management Fellow to conduct research/information synthesis, outreach, and teaching on Private Lands Management in the West. The fellow will support private landowners with tools for sustaining working landscapes, such as sound financial management and intergenerational transfer, emerging markets such as conservation banks, and collaboration with federal, state, and private land managers.

View the full position description.

Collaborative Solutions

Thunder Basin Collaborative Learning Workshops

In early 2015, the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, a unit of the U.S. Forest Service, approached the University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute to ask for assistance exploring stakeholder perspectives regarding prairie dog issues and any collaborative problem solving opportunities on the Thunder Basin National Grassland. The Ruckelshaus Institute completed a situation assessment followed by a series of collaborative learning workshops.

Laramie County Control Area Steering Committee

In October 2014, the Laramie County Commissioners created the Laramie County Control Area Steering Committee. Its 29 members are charged with developing creative and effective options for reducing water use, which will be forwarded to the Laramie County Control Area Advisory Board and the State Engineer for consideration.

Governor's Task Force on Forests

Governor Matt Mead asked the Ruckelshaus Institute to facilitate a Task Force on Forests. View the task force's Final Report with recommendations to improve forest conditions in Wyoming.

Visit our Collaborative Solutions page.



Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative

The Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative supports Wyoming citizens' effective maintenance our state's open spaces through research, information, education, and decision-making assistance. View the initiative's newest publication, Local Government Land-Use Planning in Wyoming.

Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative

The Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative provides information on mitigation practices intended to ameliorate the consequences of landscape-scale energy development to wildlife populations. View the initiative's newest publication, Fertilizing Western Rangelands for Ungulate Conservation: An Assessment of Benefits and Risks.

Publications library

Our online publications library houses reports, proceedings, and other documents including a new map library.

Visit our Initiatives page.


Natural Resources Stories

The latest issue of Western Confluence magazine is now available from the Ruckelshaus Institute. Western Confluence provides a forum for natural resource managers, decision makers and stakeholders to share their stories, and engages a wide audience to think critically about how we take care of our natural resources in the West. Add yourself to the mailing list to receive Western Confluence for free, or request back issues by emailing

Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles, a series of ten short films, explores the changes in our local forests and introduces viewers to resource managers, members of the public, and Forest Service personnel dealing with those changes. The project is a collaboration of the Ruckelshaus Institute and the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests.

Western Confluence magazine, issue 05, recreation and tourism

Collaborative Solutions, Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources

Residential Development Effects on Firefighting Costs in the Wildland-Urban Interface, 2015

Governor's Task Force on Forests Final Report, 2015

Targeting Conservation Easement Purchases to Benefit Wildlife, 2015

Fertilizing Western Rangelands for Ungulate Conservation: An Assessment of Benefits and Risks 2015

More on William D. Ruckelshaus and the history of the Institute. 

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804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080

Fax: (307) 766-5099


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