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Simpson, Ruckelshaus, Turner to Speak on Natural Resource Collaboration in Cody

July 11, 2012
Alan Simpson, William Ruckelshaus, John Turner, Mike Sullivan

A panel of experienced political and natural resource leaders will discuss the value of collaboration in natural resource management during a roundtable discussion in Cody next month.

Alan K. Simpson, William D. Ruckelshaus and John F. Turner are scheduled to take part in a roundtable discussion, “Across the Great Divide,” from noon-2 p.m. Aug. 13, at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center Coe Auditorium. The Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming sponsors the event.

Mike Sullivan, Wyoming’s governor from 1987-1995, will moderate the panel discussion, which is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call (307) 766-5080.

Each of the distinguished leaders brings unique natural resource experiences from the West and across the nation to the roundtable. Simpson was a Wyoming U.S. senator from 1979 until he retired in 1997. Ruckelshaus was administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1970-1973 and 1983-1985. Turner was director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1989-1993.

At the discussion, the speakers will explore ways that collaboration, especially across party lines, is crucial to successful management and decision making.

“Natural resource management decisions are among the most contentious we face in western states. These speakers bring decades of experience in how collaboration can lead to solid, lasting solutions to some of our biggest challenges,” says Indy Burke, director of UW’s Environment and Natural Resources Program. “We’re excited to bring Simpson, Ruckelshaus and Turner together in a public setting to discuss the importance of collaborative approaches.”

This talk builds on the collaborative process work of the Ruckelshaus Institute, which offers a separate but related event in Cody the following day -- a hands-on workshop titled “Introduction to Collaborative Natural Resource Decision Making.”

The training is designed for natural resource professionals and also for the public. The session is from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Park County Library. Registration details are online at

The Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming advances the understanding and resolution of complex environmental challenges through interdisciplinary research, outreach and education.

For public relations contact information, contact Emilene Ostlind, Environment and Natural Resources, at (307) 766-2604 or


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