Skip to Main Content

Apply Now to the University of Wyoming apply now
Sheep Mountain at Sunset

Communication and Publications

Sound Information Shared in Meaningful Ways Drives Better Decisions

With our expertise in storytelling, graphic design, video production, publishing, and outreach, we bridge complicated science and policy understanding generated at academic and research institutions to the people who are working with natural resources on the ground. We also help agencies, organizations, and offices develop outreach materials to help the public better understand their work on complex environmental issues.

From collaborative process recommendations and conference proceedings to toolkits, poll results, and natural resource assessments, our publications library encompasses all our public-facing work. Short, accessible, summaries, primers, and bulletins are the perfect avenue to better understanding the Haub School's work and various new tools and ideas that can help move the needle on complex environmental challenges. 

View our publications library 


Western Confluence 

Our annual magazine explores natural resource science and management in the West, with each issue themed around a specific challenge like conserving working landscapes or invasive species. A range of articles tell the stories of new research informing how we understand environmental challenges and new management approaches employing that understanding on the ground.

Browse the archives 

Research Briefs

Haub School faculty conduct a range of scholarly activities including research, legal analysis, and creative work to inform and advance the understanding of complex environmental and natural resource issues. Our one-page briefs highlight key elements of the peer-reviewed scholarship coming out of the Haub School and give stakeholders access to sound information.

Read the briefs →


Recent and Past Projects


Wild and Working Lands Film Festival

*Submissions Open*

The Wild and Working Lands Film Festival explores the intricate connections between humans and the landscapes where we dwell, work, and play. We are especially interested in films that inspire audiences to better understand our current world and work toward a future where people and natural environments prosper together. 

Learn more →


A Youth Vision for 2030: Imagining Wyoming's Future

In partnership with the Wyoming Humanities Council, Wyoming 2030, the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance, and the UW Creative Writing Program, the Ruckelshaus Institute holds a writing a multimedia narrative contest that asks young people in Wyoming to imagine life in 2030 if all of their dreams for the state came true. Three winners and seven honorable mentions are published in an inaugural anthology, available online and in print. 

Learn more 

Person wearing a deer costume and a backpack with skis on it

Deer 139

The Ruckelshaus Institute and the Monteith Shop produced a feature-length documentary film titled "Deer 139." Using adventure and humor as the hook, the film shares new scientific understanding about how mule deer interact with their landscapes that is being generated in the Monteith Shop, a research lab in the Haub School.

View the film trailer and learn more about Deer 139 →

Report cover with picture of landscape with rocks and cows

WY Open Spaces Initiative 

The Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative is a long-term project designed to support working landscapes for agriculture, wildlife, and sustainable communities through applied research, information, education, and community-based decision making. The initiative is a collaborative effort of the Ruckelshaus Institute, the Wyoming Geographic Information Center, the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, the Department of Geography, University of Wyoming Extension, and the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database. 

Learn more →

Cover of report, Natural Resource Condition Assessment: Badlands National Park, 2018

Natural Resource Condition Assessments

The Ruckelshaus Institute and the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database recently completed a multi-year process of creating Natural Resource Condition Assessments for four western National Park Service units: Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Scotts Bluff National Monument, and Badlands National Park. The NRCAs assess current conditions for important natural resources, identify data gaps, and describe factors influencing park resource conditions. By synthesizing and contextualizing the best available science on everything from air and water quality to plant and animal populations, the reports provide park managers and the public with information to plan for the future of our nation’s parks.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site NRCA →
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument NRCA →
Scotts Bluff National Monument NRCA →
Badlands National Park NRCA →

Pole Mountain Road System Overview Map

Pole Mountain Road System Videos

As part of a project to help the Laramie Ranger District of the Medicine Bow National Forest solicit public input on their road planning process for the Pole Mountain Unit, we scripted, shot, edited, and published five short videos. These show Forest Service staff members describing how the road system on this popular forest unit interacts with the surrounding ecosystem, and lets them describe in their own voices the types of public input they were looking for. This was just one piece of the larger project, which included Ruckelshaus Institute Collaborative Solutions staff organizing and hosting four public meetings and using other tools to gather public input to inform the road planning process.

Learn more →

Watch on YouTube →

Sage Grouse Fence Markers Poster

Sage Grouse Fence Marker Outreach Materials

The Medicine Bow Conservation District contracted the Ruckelshaus Institute to produce a poster and brochure to raise awareness and help landowners and conservation groups create inexpensive fence markers to reduce sage grouse mortality.

Learn more →

Wildlife Mitigation: A Primer

Energy Mitigation Initiative

Energy has long been the cornerstone of Wyoming’s economy. Also important to the Wyoming way of life are iconic wildlife species that contribute recreational, economic, and aesthetic values to the state. The Ruckelshaus Institute is synthesizing and evaluating current wildlife mitigation practices to better understand the range of mitigation options available and is contributing to a better understanding of mitigation options, successes, and challenges.

Learn more →

Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles

Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles

The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests contracted the Ruckelshaus Institute to produce public outreach materials that would help forest visitors understand the bark beetle outbreak. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, we produced ten short films exploring how the bark beetle outbreak affects fire, water, recreation, and other aspects of the forest. We also hosted public meetings to inform the public about bark beetle issues and published an annotated bibliography of bark beetle research, which we distributed to forest managers in the Rocky Mountain region.

Learn more →

Contact Us

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Bim Kendall House

804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080

Fax: (307) 766-5099


Find us on Facebook (Link opens a new window) Find us on Twitter (Link opens a new window) Find us on Instagram (Link opens a new window)

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
UW Operators (307) 766-1121 | Contact Us | Download Adobe Reader

Accreditation | Virtual Tour | Emergency Preparedness | Employment at UW | Privacy Policy | Harassment & Discrimination | Accessibility Accessibility information icon