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Thunder Basin National Grassland

In spring of 2016, the Ruckelshaus Institute convened three Thunder Basin Collaborative Learning Workshops on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service. The workshops brought together the people who live in or have a direct interest in the Thunder Basin National Grassland for discussions about the past, present, and future of the grasslands. The goals was to ensure that all parties are working from the same information and to lay groundwork for future informed decision making about grasslands management.

Download the 2016 Thunder Basin Collaborative Learning Workshops final report.

These workshops are continuing in 2017. See below or visit the U.S. Forest Service's Thunder Basin Prairie Dog Management webpage for more information.

2017 Collaborative Learning Workshops

The Douglas Ranger District of the Medicine-Bow Routt National Forests will continue offering Collaborative Learning Workshops through 2017 and 2018. These are open to the public, and all Thunder Basin National Grassland stakeholders are welcome. The workshops, facilitated by the Ruckelshaus Institute, will allow stakeholders, including the Forest Service, to continue learning about prairie dog colony management and other subjects. Information generated in the workshops will be used in the second TBNG collaborative effort, the Cooperative Working Group.

Dates and Locations

Meeting Information

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 1-4 p.m.
Weston County Senior Center
Newcastle, Wyoming

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 1-4 p.m.
Eastern Wyoming College
Douglas, Wyoming

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, morning
Newcastle, Wyoming

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
County Fire Training Center, 701 Larch St
Gillette, Wyoming

2016 Collaborative Learning Workshops

Read press releases from the U.S. Forest Service about the 2016 January learning session, the March learning session, and the May learning session.

Dates and Locations


Thursday, January 28, 2016, 1-4 pm
Multi-Purpose Room, Eastern Wyoming College
Douglas, Wyoming

Learn about human relationships with the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Discuss history and values related to the grassland.

Summary materials and presentations:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 1-4 pm
Weston County Senior Center
Newcastle, Wyoming

Learn about the natural conditions and dynamics on the grassland. Explore the most recent scientific research regarding the Thunder Basin National Grassland’s landscape and wildlife.

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 1-4 pm
George Amos Memorial Building
412 South Gillette Avenue
Gillette, Wyoming

The future of the grassland: What are the ecological, social and economic conditions that we desire for the Thunder Basin National Grassland?

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