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The University of Wyoming, in partnership with the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, is conducting storytelling interviews to explore the lived experience of Wyoming farmers, ranchers, and recreationists in the Snake and Green River watersheds and their relationships to water. The objective is to better understand how changing water availability impacts Wyoming residents and to build their adaptive capacity to respond to these changes.
Storytelling was chosen as the best way to build an undistorted picture of the perceptions and values behind people's connection to water. It offers a chance to hear from people directly about how history, culture, and other values have shaped their relationships to water, and about any changes they may be noticing. By telling and sharing these stories, participants will have a chance to reflect, make meaning, share knowledge, and activate memory, actions which have been correlated with increased ability to adapt to changes.
At the end of the research, and with storyteller consent, stories will be shared via a Story Map, a tool that combines location data with photos, text, and audio to visualize information across a landscape. The Story Map will be emailed directly to participants and publicly available online. The research team will also produce and share a one page summary of findings with any interested participants.
We are currently seeking storytellers for this project. Help us build a more robust community network in Wyoming and foster knowledge exchange about your relationship with water and how that has changed over time.
To be eligible, you must:
All storytellers will be awarded $25 on completion of the interview and be entered to win a $250 gift certificate.
We will provide story prompts and you can choose which prompts you'd like to answer.
Contact email@example.com with questions.
This research, led by graduate student and research assistant Pallavi Pokharel, is one component of the Wyoming Anticipating Climate Transitions (WyACT) Project, a five-year program funded by the National Science Foundation.
WyACT facilitates the co-production of knowledge to enable cutting edge science that helps Wyoming communities anticipate and adapt to climate change impacts on water.