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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 in the Mountain West. We support stakeholder-driven solutions to environmental challenges by conducting and communicating relevant research and promoting collaborative decision making.


Ruckelshaus Institute Programs 

 

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Collaborative Solutions

Our collaborative solutions work supports natural resource stakeholders, policy makers, and managers in making decisions about the future through trainings, forums, and decision-making support services. Learn more

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Communication and Publications

Ruckelshaus Institute outreach bridges science and policy to the people using it on the ground. Briefs, primers, and more support decisions and management for complex natural resource issues. Learn more

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Conferences and Forums

We convene conferences and forums that bring together stakeholders and decision-makers around natural resource issues that are important to the future of Wyoming and the West. Learn more

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Private Lands Stewardship

This program addresses the needs of landowners by drawing on expertise and interdisciplinary collaborations across natural resource management, rangeland ecology, business and finance, law, decision-making, collaborative processes, and other fields. Learn more


Current Projects

 

Outdoor Recreation in Wyoming: Building It the Way We Want It

April 26-27, 2023
Laramie, Wyoming

This forum will bring together stakeholders and decision makers to explore how Wyoming communities can balance the benefits and impact of growing outdoor recreation and tourism—economically, culturally, and environmentally.

Learn more >

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Submissions Open: Wild and Working Lands Film Festival

The Wild and Working Lands Film Festival is open for submissions until January 16. We seek short films (20 minutes or less) that explore the intricate relationships between humans and the landscapes where we work, dwell, and play, with an emphasis on stories that are relevant to our surrounding ecoregion of the Great Plains, high sagebrush steppe, and Rocky Mountains. We are particularly interested in submissions from the University of Wyoming community, and we accept submissions from anywhere and any time period.

View the film festival website >

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New Report: MacMillan Private Lands Stewardship Program

The Private Lands Stewardship Program is decision-oriented, interdisciplinary, and engaged in its approach to research. In the 2022 Program Update, meet the ever-growing team, read about featured research projects, and get a taste of upcoming projects.

The report shares the advances made in understanding the design and delivery of incentives for conserving working lands, supporting landowner access to rangeland carbon markets, funding transboundary wildlife conservation around national parks, and more. It also highlights important partnerships and outreach efforts, including both scholarly and publicly-accessible publications. 

Read the 2022 Program Update >

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About the Institute

 

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William D. Ruckelshaus came to UW in 1993 at the invitation of U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson to serve as founding chairman on the board of a new institute dedicated to collaborative problem solving for natural resource challenges. He was a proponent of bringing together diverse stakeholders—different kinds of people who would be affected by any management or policy decision—to engage in civil discourse about desired outcomes for natural resource challenges. The goal was to build inclusive, lasting decisions that could avoid future litigation.

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

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Contact Us

Haub School of ENR

University of Wyoming
Bim Kendall House
804 E Fremont St
Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080
Fax: (307) 766-5099
Email: haub.school@uwyo.edu

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