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Ruckelshaus Institute|Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Collaborative Solutions

"People affected by change have to be deeply involved in the crafting of solutions...We have to get better at both involving people in the process of change and providing them with enough information to make that involvement useful and worthwhile."

-- William D. Ruckelshaus

Collaborative SolutionsThe Ruckelshaus Institute's collaborative solutions program supports natural resource stakeholders, policy makers, and managers in making decisions about the future. We achieve this by:

  • Combining scientific information, human values and decision support
  • Developing effective, lasting solutions to environmental problems
  • Using the Ruckelshaus Institute's cadre of experts who convene stakeholders and representatives from private business and industry, public interest groups, landowners and government
  • Exploring policy alternatives, management priorities and future visions

Read our new flyer describing our work in Collaborative Solutions.

Current and recent projects

Laramie County Control Area Steering Committee

In October 2014, the Laramie County Commissioners created the Laramie County Control Area Steering Committee. Thunder Basin National Grassland Situation Assessment and Process Recommendations, 2015Its 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.

Thunder Basin Prairie Dog Management

The Ruckelshaus Institute explored stakeholder perspectives regarding prairie dog management and collaborative problem solving opportunities on the Thunder Basin National Grassland. This situation assessment findings have been published in a report, and resulted in a recommendation for a collaborative process to seek management solutions.

Iterative NEPA and Collaboration: ProceedingsIterative NEPA and Collaboration

In 2008 the U.S. Forest Service updated its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures to permit a more iterative approach that facilitates collaborative public engagement. Iterative NEPA, or iNEPA, allows practitioners to incrementally improve proposed actions and alternatives to meet stakeholder interests. This workshop brought together experienced NEPA practitioners to discuss integrating iNEPA into agency practice. The document outlines iNEPA, its legal foundations, collaborative approaches to the process, and opportunities and challenges related to iNEPA.

Governor's Task Force on Forests Final Report, 2015Governor's Task Force on Forests

Governor Matt Mead created the Task Force on Forests to study the benefits forests provide and to analyze and consider new response strategies and recommendations for both active and passive management. The Forest Task Force reached consensus on 12 major recommendations comprising 53 sub-recommendations, for the Governor’s consideration, now available in the final report. Visit the Governor's Task Force on Forests page for more information.


Collaboration Program in Natural Resources

The Collaboration Program in Natural Resources provides professional training for a cohort of mid- and upper-level natural resource decision makers and engaged citizens. In six rigorous sessions, participants will gain skills and knowledge to apply collaborative processes to complex environment and natural resource challenges to build lasting, supported solutions.

For information about past projects, click here.

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