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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
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Research and Policy Analysis

The Ruckelshaus Institute conducts research and outreach on many of the natural resource challenges most important to Wyoming and the West. Our team of expert analysts and research scientists works closely with experts from throughout the University of Wyoming, across the state and beyond to produce high-quality reports, findings and other documentation.

Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative

The Ruckelshaus Institute’s new Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative is an effort to gather, synthesize, and deliver information on mitigation practices intended to ameliorate landscape-scale energy development impacts to wildlife. The initiative's latest publication, “Market-based Wildlife Mitigation in Wyoming: A Primer” contextualizes ecosystem services markets. The publication explains mitigation banking, conservation banking, and habitat exchanges and explains how these markets might work in Wyoming. Visit the Energy Mitigation Initiative.

Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative

The Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative is a collaborative project to make relevant data and information available to planners, policy makers, leaders, and the public to support effective maintenance of Wyoming's open spaces and working landscapes. The initiative's latest publication, Public Opinion on Natural Resource Conservation in Wyoming, synthesizes the results from a public opinion poll conducted in partnership with The Nature Conservancy Wyoming, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust. Visit the Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative.

Recent publications

The Ruckelshaus Institute also publishes conference proceedings, reports, and white papers. Browse more Ruckelshaus Institute publications.

Market-based Wildlife Mitigation in Wyoming: A Primer, 2013

Market-based Wildlife Mitigation in Wyoming

This publication contextualizes payment for ecosystem service markets and explains mitigation banking, conservation banking, and habitat exchanges and how these markets might work in Wyoming.

Kristi Hansen, Anne Jakle, and Mary Hogarty (2013)

Residential Development Effects on Firefighting Costs in the Wildland-Urban Interface, 2015

Residential Development Effects on Firefighting Costs in the Wildland-Urban Interface

This publication suggests planners and local governments can play an important role in reducing wildfire suppression costs through strategic land use planning.

Anna Scofield, Benjamin Rashford, Donald McLeod, Roger Coupal, Scott Lieske, and Shannon Albeke (2015)

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

Proceedings from the Forum on Conservation Finance

This forum took place in Casper, Wyoming, in April 2013 and built an informational foundation about a range of conservation finance tools, both established and emerging. Speakers shared real-world applications, success stories, and challenges using various conservation finance models in government and the private sector to inspire further practice of conservation finance in Wyoming.

Commercial Wind Developemt in Wyoming: A guide for landowners (2011)

Commercial Wind Energy Development in Wyoming: A Guide for Landowners

This guide outlines the process of wind energy development for landowners and highlights key issues they may face. It also provide updates on the growing practice of landowner wind energy associations and the changing legislative landscape in the state.

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