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Ruckelshaus Institute Reports and Proceedings

Browse reports, meeting summaries, one-pagers and conference proceedings, arranged by topic. Click on the headline or document cover to download a pdf. You may use this form to request hard copies.

Land Use and Management  |  Water and Drought  |  Wildlife and Fisheries  |  Energy and Environment

If you don't find what you're looking for here, try browsing the Open Spaces Initiative publications or the Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative publications.

 

Land Use and Management

Public Opinion on Natural Resource Conservation and Development (2008)

Open Spaces Initiative

The Open Spaces Initiative supports Wyoming citizens' effective maintenance of our state's open spaces by providing research, information, education, and decision-making assistance. Issues considered by the research group include agricultural sustainability, community planning and development, wildlife and other related cultural, economic and environmental issues of importance to Wyoming.

Browse the Open Spaces Initiative publications library.

Bark Beetles in Western North America: An Annotated Bibliography for Natural Resoruce Managers, 2013

Bark Beetles in Western North America: An Annotated Bibliography for Natural Resource Managers

This bibliography, created in partnership with the Medicine Bow–Routt National Forest, highlights resources on bark beetle ecology and biology, ecological impacts and responses, management approaches and implications, and social and economic impacts and considerations of the bark beetle epidemics in the western United States and Canada.

2013

Proceedings from the Forum on Conservation Finance: Creative Solutions to Sustain Land and Water, 2013

Proceedings from the Forum on Conservation Finance

Summaries of expert presentations from the public forum that took place in Casper, Wyoming, in April 2013. An overview of why we need conservation finance, the basic tools and structures of conservation financing, and some of the emerging approaches to leverage private and public funds for conservation.

2013

Private Lands Conservation Toolkit and Training for Wyoming Land Managers, 2011

Private Lands Conservation Toolkit and Training for Wyoming Land Managers

A comprehensive resource guide for exploring land conservation options with private landowners, communities, land trusts and local planners, the toolkit provides information to help land managers engage effectively and collaboratively in ways that support the ecological sustainability and integrity of adjacent federal and state lands.

2011

Commercial Wind Developemt in Wyoming: A guide for landowners, 2011

Commercial Wind Energy Development in Wyoming: A Guide for Landowners

Outlining the process of wind energy development for landowners and highlighting key issues they may face throughout the wind energy development process, this guide also provides updates on the growing practice of landowner wind energy associations and the changing legislative landscape in the state.

2011, second edition

Bark Beetles in the Intermountain West: Redefining Post-Disturbance Forests and Management Strategies for Minimizing Impacts, 2010

Bark Beetles in the Intermountain West: Workshop Proceedings

In our Bark Beetle Management Workshop, we brought scientists and forest managers together — along with a variety of other interested stakeholders — to explore management options, share ideas, and define a vision for the future of the West’s forests. Our proceedings report the key management and research ideas.

2010

Wyoming State of the Space, 2009

Wyoming's State of the Space: A Comprehensive Review of Land Use Trends In Wyoming

This publication discusses population and land use change in the state and offers options and resources for sustaining Wyoming’s open space in the future. The publication compiles eight years of collaborative research efforts by UW faculty for the Open Spaces Initiative.

2009

Wyoming Community Viz™ Partnership Phase I Pilot:  Aquifer Protection and Community Viz™ in Albany County, Wyoming, 2003

Wyoming Community Viz Partnership Phase I Pilot: Aquifer Protection and Community Viz in Albany County, Wyoming

This report details the results of a pilot project to promote Community VizTM based planning support systems in Wyoming. Phase I was a “proof of concept” pilot project set in Albany County in southeastern Wyoming to demonstrate the application of Community VizTM to a Wyoming-specific issue and to determine potential challenges.

2003

Assessment of Collaboration and Consensus Building Needs and Opportunities in Wyoming, 2000

Assessment of Collaboration and Consensus Building Needs and Opportunities in Wyoming

ENR surveyed Wyoming citizens about whether opportunities for collaboration and consensus building should be enhanced in Wyoming. The final report discusses the issues related to consensus building and collaboration, and offers a series of next steps to use the existing wealth of knowledge, skills and resources present in Wyoming to meet the identified needs.

2000

Reclaiming NEPA's Potential, 1999

Reclaiming NEPA's Potential: Can Collaborative Processes Improve Environmental Decision Making?

This document summarizes a workshop co-sponsored by Environment and Natural Resources and the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West on “Communication and Consensus: Strategies for Fulfilling the Nation’s Environmental Policy." It explores the potential role of collaborative problem solving processes in the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and makes a number of observations and recommendations which, when taken as a whole, can significantly improve the administration of this far-reaching law.

1999

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Water and Drought

Assessing the Future of Wyoming's Water Resources: Adding Climate Change to the Equation, 2009

Assessing the Future of Wyoming's Water Resources: Adding Climate Change to the Equation

A summary of current scientific knowledge about the implications of climate change for water resources in the West, this report should spur discussions on how to better manage Wyoming’s water resources in the face of drought and climate change.

2009

Department of Energy Award, Research and Development Concerning Coalbed Natural Gas, 2008

Department of Energy Award, Research and Development Concerning Coalbed Natural Gas

Dealing with produced water quantity and quality arguably has been the most difficult of the issues surrounding coalbed methane development. This is a report on the findings of a DOE-NETL funded project focused on coalbed methane produced water management.

Click the headline above for the Final Report or here for the Executive Summary.

2008

Impacts of Wyoming Water Development Commission Regional Water System Projects on Land Use: An Analysis of Two Case Studies, 2008

Impacts of Wyoming Water Development Commission Regional Water System Projects on Land Use: An Analysis of Two Case Studies

This report provides insight for land and water planners strategizing for managing and funding future water development, particularly as it relates to preserving Wyoming’s prime agriculture lands, wildlife habitats and open space.

2008

 

Water, Drought and Wyoming's Climate, workshop proceedings, 2006

Water, Drought and Wyoming's Climate

Proceedings of a workshop on "Water, Drought and Wyoming's Climate," to communicate understanding of climate variability related to water, discuss needs of water managers and other stakeholders and facilitate discussion and future collaboration surrounding water in Wyoming.

2006

Water Production from Coalbed Methane Development in Wyoming: A Summary of Quantity, Quality and Management Options, 2005

Water Production from Coalbed Methane Development in Wyoming: A Summary of Quantity, Quality and Management Options

The Wyoming Governor’s Office asked the University of Wyoming to address a series of questions on options for dealing with water produced through coalbed methane development. This report provides context for and answers to those questions.

2005

CBM Co-Produced Water Management, Disposal, Treatment and Use, 2005

CBM Co-Produced Water Management, Disposal, Treatment and Use

An overview of management options for coalbed methane produced water with an emphasis on implementing potential beneficial uses for the water.

2005

Review of Economic Issues Associated with CBM Developement, 2005

Review of Economic Issues Associated with CBM Development

A review of the benefits of coalbed methane development including labor income and tax revenues compared with the costs of that development, including but not limited to the cost of water lost and the cost of environmental impacts related to poor quality water.

2005

Wyoming Community Viz™ Partnership Phase I Pilot:  Aquifer Protection and Community Viz™ in Albany County, Wyoming, 2003

Wyoming Community Viz Partnership Phase I Pilot: Aquifer Protection and Community Viz in Albany County, Wyoming

This report details the results of a pilot project to promote Community VizTM based planning support systems in Wyoming. Phase I was a “proof of concept” pilot project set in Albany County in southeastern Wyoming to demonstrate the application of Community VizTM to a Wyoming-specific issue and to determine potential challenges.

2003

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Wildlife and Fisheries

Economic Contributions of the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust, Open Spaces, December 2011

Open Spaces Initiative

The Open Spaces Initiative supports Wyoming citizens' effective maintenance of our state's open spaces by providing research, information, education, and decision-making assistance. Issues considered by the research group include agricultural sustainability, community planning and development, wildlife and other related cultural, economic and environmental issues of importance to Wyoming.

Browse the Open Spaces Initiative publications.

Wind Energy Development and Wildlife Mitigation: A Primer, 2012

Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative

The Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative gathers and synthesizes information on mitigation practices intended to ameliorate the consequences of landscape-scale energy development to wildlife populations. Based on information from federal, state, non-profit and industry partners, the initiative improves understanding of wildlife mitigation options, successes, and challenges.

Browse the Mitigation Initiative publications.

Consortium for the Advancement of Brucellosis Science information kit

Consortium for the Advancement of Brucellosis Science Information Kit

A compressed folder containing several files including a fact sheet, concept paper, list of advisory teams, research priorities and resolutions.

2010

Enhancing Brucellosis Vaccines, Vaccine Delivery, and Surveillance Diagnostics for Elk and Bison in the Greater Yellowstone Area, 2006

Enhancing Brucellosis Vaccines, Vaccine Delivery and Surveillance Diagnostics for Elk and Bison in the Greater Yellowstone Area

Proceedings of a working symposium held in Laramie, Wyoming, of technical experts from around the world assembled with the specific task of addressing the brucellosis vaccine, vaccine delivery and diagnostic challenges of bison and elk in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

2006

Research Needs and Management Strategies for Pallid Sturgeon Recovery, 2007

Research Needs and Management Strategies for Pallid Sturgeon Recovery

The workshop reported here demonstrates commitment to reversing the pallid sturgeon's historic decline in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, identifies and prioritizes research and management actions to contribute to recovery and outlines some of the challenges that remain.

2007

Research and Assessment Needs for Pallid Sturgeon Recovery in the Missouri River, 2004

Research and Assessment Needs for Pallid Sturgeon Recovery in the Missouri River

Proceedings from a workshop organized and facilitated by the Ruckelshaus Institute meant to help managers develop a research program to identify critical factors influencing pallid sturgeon declines and how those factors are affected by river operations and management.

2004

Jackson Bison and Elk Herd Management: Situation Assessment and Process Recommendations, 2000

Jackson Bison and Elk Herd Management: Situation Assessment and Process Recommendations

Based on interviews with over 130 individuals, this report describes the range of interests and concerns surrounding elk and bison herds in the Jackson, Wyoming, area and provides recommendations for developing a public involvement strategy for their management.

2000

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Energy and Environment

Natural Gas Development and Wildlife Mitigation: A Primer, 2012

Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative

The Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative gathers and synthesizes information on mitigation practices intended to ameliorate the consequences of landscape-scale energy development to wildlife populations. Based on information from federal, state, non-profit and industry partners, the initiative improves understanding of wildlife mitigation options, successes, and challenges.

Browse the Mitigation Initiative publications.

Hydraulic Fracturing: A Wyoming Energy Forum, 2011

Hydraulic Fracturing: A Wyoming Energy Forum

Summary of a forum designed to answer the following key questions: 1) What is hydraulic fracturing? 2) Why and where is it used in Wyoming oil and gas development? and 3) What are the potential environmental impacts associated with its use?

2011

Commercial Wind Developemt in Wyoming: A guide for landowners, 2011

Commercial Wind Development in Wyoming: A guide for landowners

This guide for landowners seeking information on commercial wind energy development outlines the process of wind energy development for landowners, highlights key issues they may face throughout the wind energy development process and describes the growing practice of landowner wind energy associations and the changing legislative landscape in the state.

2011, second edition

Department of Energy Award, Research and Development Concerning Coalbed Natural Gas, 2008

Department of Energy Award, Research and Development Concerning Coalbed Natural Gas

Dealing with produced water quantity and quality arguably has been the most difficult of the issues surrounding coalbed methane development. This is a report on the findings of a DOE-NETL funded project focused on coalbed methane produced water management.

Click the headline above for the Final Report or here for the Executive Summary.

2008

Water Production from Coalbed Methane Development in Wyoming: A Summary of Quantity, Quality and Management Options, 2005

Water Production from Coalbed Methane Development in Wyoming: A Summary of Quantity, Quality and Management Options

The Wyoming Governor’s Office asked the University of Wyoming to address a series of questions on options for dealing with water produced through coalbed methane development. This report provides context for and answers to those questions.

2005

CBM Co-Produced Water Management, Disposal, Treatment and Use, 2005

CBM Co-Produced Water Management, Disposal, Treatment and Use

An overview of management options for coalbed methane produced water with an emphasis on implementing potential beneficial uses for the water.

2005

Review of Economic Issues Associated with CBM Developement, 2005

Review of Economic Issues Associated with CBM Development

A review of the benefits of coalbed methane development including labor income and tax revenues compared with the costs of that development, including but not limited to the cost of water lost and the cost of environmental impacts related to poor quality water.

2005

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