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Ruckelshaus Institute

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Wyoming Collaboration Conference 2014

Place-Based Collaboration: Connecting communities with natural resources and the environment

September 30, University Outreach Building, UU322, Casper College

Draft Agenda

Purpose: Enhance Wyoming’s capacity for place-based collaboration in relation to forests, energy, and wildlife.

8:30 a.m.

Steve Smutko and Jessica Clement Welcome and overview of conference.


Gail Bingham Collaborative problem solving is increasingly being used to unravel complex natural resources issues in Wyoming. Among other subjects, Gail will discuss why collaborative decision-making matters, the history of the discipline, and how collaboration can make a difference in how we make decisions about environmental policy and natural resources management in Wyoming and the West.


Scott Talbott The director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will discuss the agency’s experience of using place-based collaborative problem solving approaches to engage stakeholders in wildlife issues. Director Talbott will discuss the reasons why and when this approach is used by WGFD, the benefits gained and related challenges.




George Blankenship As a private consultant, George has decades of experience working on socio-economic assessments, Environmental Impact Statements and other projects related to energy in the West. George will share his perspectives regarding the opportunities and barriers to enhancing collaborative capacity in relation to energy issues.


Panel Discussion with the speakers.

12:15 p.m.



David Loomis As the USDA Forest Service Region 2 NEPA Coordinator, David will present on how the US Forest Service applies place-based collaboration through the NEPA process. He will discuss how and why the US Forest Service embraced collaborative methods in NEPA efforts, the challenges and opportunities, and the possibilities for place-based collaboration regarding forest issues in Wyoming and the West.




Doug Thompson and Joel Bousman The chairs of the County Commissioners Committees in Fremont and Sublette Counties respectively will discuss Wyoming counties and place-based collaboration.


Panel Discussion with the speakers.


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