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Yellowstone conference to focus on using science in management decisions

Scientists will present their latest research on everything from soil microbes to moose migration this week during a conference in Yellowstone National Park focused on using scientific data in making policy deicisions throughout the greater Yellowsotne area. The 11th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem begins this evening and runs through Wednesday at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, where researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines will gather to share details of their work. Continue Reading →

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Wyoming public policy experts discuss collaboration in resolving natural resource disputes

Former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Director John Turner, left, speaks Monday during a panel discussion in Cody that included, from left, former Environmental Protection Administration head William Ruckelshaus, former Sen. Alan Simpson and former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

Managing high-profile public lands, especially national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton, often means navigating a minefield of public passions over hot-button issues like snowmobiles, wolves, bison and grizzly bears, just to name a few. Inevitably, it seems, disagreements over such topics end up being settled not in planning sessions, public forums or at bargaining tables, but in the courts. Or worse still, even the courts appear unable to offer a final and workable solution for the most contested natural resource management issues, as has been the case for the past several years with snowmobiles, wolves, bison and grizzly bears. Continue Reading →

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