Collaborative Process Achievements
Permitting Energy Produced Waters
The Institute assisted the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in a stakeholder-driven process for developing a new permitting strategy for coalbed methane (CBM) produced water discharges in the Powder River Basin. The CBM Produced Water Working Group was composed of landowners, industry representatives, members of the conservation community, and agency personnel. Through a decision-aiding process, the group was able to successfully develop a suite of recommendations to the DEQ for its revised CBM product water discharge permitting policy.
Forest Management in the Face of the Bark Beetle Epidemic
The Institute convened forest managers, scientists, and researchers from across the Intermountain West for a hands-on, two-day policy workshop on bark beetle infested forests to develop new ideas for post-epidemic forest conditions. The report generated from the workshop documents the recommendations and discussions to guide future management efforts (forthcoming 2011).
Winter Recreation in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests
The Institute convened stakeholders to address winter recreation in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. A working group with 29 forest users generated management recommendations to increase recreational opportunities for winter users. A final report and recommendations led to an education initiative with new signage and maps, a collaborative grooming plan, new parking lot rules, as well as a Forest Service host program and volunteers for monitoring and recording winter use.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
The Institute, with the Center for the Rocky Mountain West, co-hosted a national workshop commissioned by the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on Reclaiming NEPA'S Potential. Participants included experts from government, industry, environmental organizations, and academia. The workshop led to recommendations to CEQ for improving NEPA implementation through application of collaborative processes.