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New Resource Informs Market-Based Wildlife Mitigation Planning in Wyoming

October 16, 2013
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Download the primer at, or request a hard copy by calling (307) 766-5080.

“Market-Based Wildlife Mitigation in Wyoming: A Primer” is now available from the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

Download the primer at, or request a hard copy by calling (307) 766-5080.

“Market-based mitigation programs, such as habitat exchanges and conservation banks, are gaining popularity in the West,” says the primer’s lead author, Kristi Hansen, assistant professor in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department and UW Extension. “These markets are meant to assist developers in meeting their environmental mitigation requirements as cost-effectively as possible. They often benefit private landowners who can sell credits for environmental services their land provides.”

“Market-Based Wildlife Mitigation in Wyoming” is part of the Ruckelshaus Institute’s Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative, which gathers, synthesizes and delivers information on mitigation practices intended to ameliorate consequences to wildlife from landscape-scale energy development. Last year, the Ruckelshaus Institute released two primers on wildlife mitigation for natural gas and wind development, which further define mitigation terminology and practices.

The “Market-Based” publication covers the basics and provides examples of mitigation banks, conservation banks and habitat exchanges and describes how they are emerging or might take shape in Wyoming, specifically for species such as sage grouse.

“It is a resource that will help state and federal government entities, local decision-makers, landowners and industry better understand the components of these markets and what they need to be successful,” says Emilene Ostlind, UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources communications coordinator.

“Gov. Matt Mead’s energy strategy calls for development of a statewide off-site mitigation program that would most likely include a market component,” says Hansen. “This publication will be invaluable to those putting that program together and landowners interested in participating.”

A division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Ruckelshaus Institute supports stakeholder-driven solutions to environmental challenges by communicating relevant research and promoting collaborative decision making.

For more information, contact Ostlind at (307) 766-2604 or email


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