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Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Wyoming Collaboration Conference

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


Gail Bingham

Founder, President Emeritus and Senior Consultant with RESOLVE, Inc.

Gail has mediated environmental, natural resources, community planning and public health issues on a full time basis since the late 1970s. She is a nationally recognized pioneer in promoting consensus-building tools in public decision making and is the 2006 winner of the Mary Parker Follett Award of the Association for Conflict Resolution, given “to an individual who has shown a passion and willingness to take risks, has used innovative and experimental techniques, and draws upon the talents and ideas of all persons…”.

Joel Bousman

Chairman - Sublette County Board of Commissioners

Joel Bousman is a fourth-generation cattle rancher whose family homesteaded on the west flank of the Wind River Mountains in the 1880s. He has worked to ensure agricultural values and needs are looked after in land planning processes ranging from energy field development to wilderness area designation.

George Blankenship

Blankenship Consulting LLC

George Blankenship specializes in socioeconomic assessment, community development and community engagement for industrial and natural resource projects in the U.S. and in developing countries. George served as Coordinator for the Overthrust Industrial Association (1981 – 1984), a natural gas industry association formed to help communities in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho develop and implement plans to accommodate industry-related growth. The OIA process resulted in a joint industry/state and local government effort to address infrastructure, community development and social effects of development in the five-county, three-state Overthrust region.  He has recently performed work in the Marcellus Shale region of New York and the Bakken region of North Dakota. Recent Wyoming projects have included the 8,950-well Continental Divide/Creston Natural Gas Project EIS, the 1,000-turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project EIS, and the BLM’s 2014 Powder River Basin Coal Review.  

David Loomis

Regional Environmental Planner, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region

David Loomis works for the Forest Service as the Rocky Mountain Region Environmental Planner. He has 30 years of experience in collaborative environmental planning for the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.  He is a strong supporter of public and local government involvement in federal public land use decision making.  Loomis has a master’s degree in Land Use Planning Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He has taught courses in environmental planning to agency staff throughout the west, from Alaska to Texas and enjoys guest lecturing for college students at Colorado State, University of Wyoming, and University of Colorado.

Alex Sienkiewicz

District Ranger for the Yellowstone District of the Custer Gallatin national Forest

Based out of Livingston, Montana, the Yellowstone District is a million acre national forest unit that runs from Bozeman to Reedpoint, MT, and spans Park, Sweetgrass, and Meagher counties.  Sienkiewicz presently works with two public lands collaboratives in Montana: The Gallatin Community Collaborative, and the Custer Gallatin Working Group. Sienkiewicz has worked on public lands and conservation issues across the United States, and serves on the U.S. Forest Service National Collaboration Cadre. He holds a Ph.D. in Forestry and a J.D. from the University of Montana. He also holds degrees from the Universities of Washington and Pennsylvania. Sienkiewicz lives in Montana’s Paradise Valley with his wife and three children.

Scott Talbott

Director, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Scott Talbott was appointed the Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in 2011. He has served the wildlife and people of the State of Wyoming for 30 years.

Talbott worked on the family ranch, felled timber and sheared sheep until graduation from college when he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a game warden. In the spring of 1985, he began his career with the department as an upland game bird/waterfowl habitat technician at Ocean Lake. He worked in various capacities including habitat and access construction crew, bird farm technician, elk feeder and special deputy. Talbott was appointed as damage control warden in Casper in 1988 and promoted to Newcastle game warden in 1989. He served as a wildlife investigator in Casper prior to being appointed the regional wildlife supervisor in Green River. In 1997, he transferred to Casper and served as the regional supervisor until being promoted to Assistant Chief, Wildlife Division in 2003. These responsibilities included the administration and oversight of the department’s wildlife management program, wildlife law enforcement, trophy game conflict resolution, hunting and fishing access, wildlife disease surveillance, the bird farm programs, and wildlife damage management.

Doug Thompson

Fremont County Commissioner

With his thirteen years of experience working on the behalf of his constituents, Fremont County Commissioner Doug Thompson was part of the team that drafted Wyoming’s sage grouse conservation strategy. The owner/operator of the Myers Land & Cattle Company seventeen miles west of Jeffrey City, Wyoming, along with his wife Cindy of 46 years, Thompson has served on five different federal planning processes during his tenure: Jack Morrow Hills Resource Management Plan (RMP), Wind River Gas EIS, Lander RMP revision, Moneta Divide, and 9 Plan Sage Grouse RMP revision. A Board Member of the Policy Analysis Center for Western Public Lands, Thompson has previously served as the Chairman of the Wyoming State Grazing Board, and Vice-President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. In 2011, his efforts were recognized by the Secretary of the Interior with the Partners in Conservation Award. Noted for his expertise in the NEPA process and federal planning, Thompson is frequently called upon to train county officials and agency personnel.

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