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Simpson, Ruckelshaus, Turner to Speak on Natural Resource Collaboration

August 7, 2012
Alan Simpson, William Ruckelshaus, John Turner, Mike Sullivan

Three nationally influential decision makers will be in Cody next week to discuss how collaborating across party lines allowed them to achieve meaningful progress for natural resource issues.

Alan K. Simpson, William D. Ruckelshaus and John F. Turner will speak at a roundtable discussion, “Across the Great Divide,” from noon-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center Coe Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources.

Michael J. 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.

These distinguished leaders bring unique natural resource experiences from the West and across the nation to the roundtable. Simpson was a U.S. senator for Wyoming from 1979 until he retired in 1997. Ruckelshaus was administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1970-73 and 1983-85. Turner directed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1989-1993.

“[In today’s] polarized political environment we have more reason to look for new ways of resolving things and moving things forward,” says Ruckelshaus. “It’s important to get people to sit down and listen to one another. It doesn’t always work but, where it does, you can end up with a decision embraced by everyone on each side of an issue more than if someone wins a legislative battle. Where these processes fit, it can work like magic.”

This talk builds upon the collaborative process work of the Ruckelshaus Institute, which offers a separate but related event in Cody the following day: an interactive workshop titled “Introduction to Collaborative Natural Resource Decision Making.” The training is designed for natural resource professionals and for the general public. It runs 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 more information, contact Emilene Ostlind at or phone (307) 766-2604.

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