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Ruckelshaus Institute|Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Wyoming Collaboration Conference

Place-Based Collaboration: Connecting communities with natural resources and the environment


Gail Bingham

Founder, President Emeritus and Senior Consultant with RESOLVE, Inc.

Gail has mediated environmental, natural resources, community planning and public health issues on a full time basis since the late 1970s. She is a nationally recognized pioneer in promoting consensus-building tools in public decision making and is the 2006 winner of the Mary Parker Follett Award of the Association for Conflict Resolution, given “to an individual who has shown a passion and willingness to take risks, has used innovative and experimental techniques, and draws upon the talents and ideas of all persons…”.

George Blankenship

Blankenship Consulting LLC

George Blankenship specializes in socioeconomic assessment, community development and community engagement for industrial and natural resource projects in the U.S. and in developing countries. George served as Coordinator for the Overthrust Industrial Association (1981 – 1984), a natural gas industry association formed to help communities in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho develop and implement plans to accommodate industry-related growth. The OIA process resulted in a joint industry/state and local government effort to address infrastructure, community development and social effects of development in the five-county, three-state Overthrust region.  He has recently performed work in the Marcellus Shale region of New York and the Bakken region of North Dakota. Recent Wyoming projects have included the 8,950-well Continental Divide/Creston Natural Gas Project EIS, the 1,000-turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project EIS, and the BLM’s 2014 Powder River Basin Coal Review.  

David Loomis

Regional Environmental Planner, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region

David has over 30 years of experience in environmental planning and social economic analysis with the BLM and Forest Service in Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, California and Nevada. He provides guidance and training on environmental planning law, policy, and leads a national Forest Service team aimed at improving collaborative decision making and efficiency through the use of iterative environmental analysis. 

Scott Talbott

Director, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Through Scott’s leadership, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has fully embraced a collaborative learning approach for involving stakeholders in critical decisions regarding wildlife resource management.

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