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Ruckelshaus Institute
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
Email: ruckelshaus@uwyo.edu
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Collaborative Solutions Program Accomplishments

Pole Mountain Road System Overview Map

Pole Mountain Road System

In 2015, the Medicine Bow National Forest began preparing to update the road system on Pole Mountain, a unit of the forest between Laramie and Cheyenne. They asked the Ruckelshaus Institute to help solicit public input to inform their proposed updates. We did this by organizing four public meetings, soliciting comments via email and social media outreach, creating an interactive website where members of the public could leave comments, and producing five short videos of Forest Service staff explaining the road system. We presented the over 300 comments to the Forest Service in the form of a final report and GIS layers.

View the website and videos: Pole Mountain Roads: Share Your Input


Thunder Basin National Grassland Situation Assessment and Process Recommendations, 2015

Thunder Basin Prairie Dog Situation Assessment

In 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 the possibility for engaging in a collaborative process on the Thunder Basin National Grassland. The Ruckelshaus Institute Collaborative Solutions Program conducted a situation assessment to determine whether collaborative problem solving was an appropriate approach to inform decision making for this issue.

More info: Thunder Basin Prairie Dog Situation Assessment


Wyoming Collaboration Conference, 2014

Wyoming Collaboration Conference

The Ruckelshaus Institute hosted a workshop and conference on place-based collaboration to connect communities with natural resources and the environment in Casper, Wyoming, in September 2014. Keynote speakers and concurrent sessions emphasized using collaboration to address natural resource challenges related to forests, wildlife, and oil-and-gas development.

More info: 2014 Wyoming Collaboration Conference


Iterative NEPA and Collaboration, 2014

Iterative 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. In 2014, 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.

Workshop proceedings: Iterative NEPA and Collaboration


Collaboration in Natural Resources: A Wyoming Forum, 2013

Collaboration in Natural Resources: A Wyoming Forum

In 2013, this forum brought together professionals interested in participating in or leading natural resource collaborative efforts in Wyoming to discuss lessons learned from past and present collaborative efforts, identify barriers and opportunities, and explore the needs to facilitate future efforts.

More info: Collaboration in Natural Resources: A Wyoming Forum


Upper Green River Basin Citizens Advisory Air Quality Task Force

Upper Green River Basin Citizens Advisory Air Quality Task Force

In 2012 the Ruckelshaus Institute facilitated meetings of the Upper Green River Basin Citizens Advisory Air Quality Task Force, which submitted a set of consensus recommendations to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to address elevated ozone levels in the Upper Green River Basin.

More info: Upper Green River Basin Citizens Advisory Air Quality Task Force


Bark Beetles in the Intermountain West, 2010

Forest Management in the Face of the Bark Beetle Epidemic

In 2010, the Ruckelshaus 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.

Workshop proceedings: Bark Beetles in the Intermountain West


Water Production from Coalbed Methane Development in Wyoming, 2005

Permitting Energy Produced Waters

In 2005 the Ruckelshaus 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.

Final report: Water Production from Coalbed Methane Development in Wyoming


Winter Recreation in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

Winter Recreation in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

The Ruckelshaus 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.


Reclaiming NEPA's Potential, 1999

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

In 1999, the Ruckelshaus 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.

Final workshop report: Reclaiming NEPA'S Potential

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