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Ruckelshaus Institute|Environment and Natural Resources

Land Use and Management

Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative
For over a decade, the Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative has provided Wyoming citizens with objective information on land-use trends, land-use trends, land-use planning, and land conservation. Visit the website.

Private Lands Conservation Toolkit for Public Land Managers
A comprehensive resource guide for exploring land conservation options. View the toolkit online or download the pdf

Bark Beetles in the Intermountain West: Redefining Post-Disturbance Forests and Management Strategies
Two-day workshop in October, 2010, among invited forest managers and scientists to evaluate science status, management approaches, and policy implications associated with the current bark beetle outbreak. Read more. View the conference proceedings.

Wyoming's Wide Open Spaces (forum in Laramie, WY, September 2000)
Open space stakeholders identified open space issues and talk about steps forward on information dissemination and informed decision making.

Medicine Bow-Routt Winter Use (public meeting in Laramie, WY, 2001)
The institute convened stakeholders to address winter recreation in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. 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. 

Landowner-Sportsmen Rendezvous (forum in Casper, WY, February 2002)
This event brought together landowners and sportsmen in a two-day forum to identify common ground between the two perspectives of natural resource use and conservation in Wyoming.

Wyoming Community Viz™ Partnership Phase I Pilot: Aquifer Protection and Community Viz™ in Albany County, Wyoming (City of Laramie, Albany County, and Community Viz™ partners, 2003)
The Ruckelshaus Institute worked with the Wyoming Community Viz™ Partnership, which included the Wyoming Business Council, the Wyoming Community Foundation, and the Spatial Data and Visualization Center (now the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center) to draft a protection plan for the Casper Aquifer, one of the main drinking water sources for the City of Laramie. The goal of the pilot phase was to use computer technology (Community Viz™ software) to create scenarios for different land-use patterns in the aquifer recharge zone and model potential impacts. Download the report.

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