Collaborative efforts in Utah are occurring with increasing frequency, often providing low cost and creative solutions to environmental and natural resource issues which are scientifically, politically, culturally, and emotionally complex. The Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program (EDR Program), in coordination with The Langdon Group and others, have developed a three-part Utah Program on Collaboration.
Part 1: Forum on Collaboration is held every other year and brings together high-level leaders from state and federal agencies currently engaged in complex environmental and natural resource projects in Utah to explore current challenges and opportunities for collaboration through peer-to peer learning, networking, and exchanging resources.
Part 2: Dialogues on Collaboration are held twice annually and provide a broad cross-section of ENR stakeholders with opportunities for networking, education and training, and ongoing sharing of collaboration best practices and lessons learned. Please email us if you would like to receive notice as dates and topics are set.
Part 3: The EDR Program teaches an annual, six-session Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration. The course teaches mid- and upper-level professionals and other individuals working on ENR issues in Utah the “art and science” of collaborative problem-solving through lectures, case studies, peer-to-peer sharing, discussion, and simulation exercises. Participants put the concepts and skills learned through the course into action in a real-life setting through designing and implementing an ENR collaboration Capstone Project. Please email us if you are interested in applying to the course or would like more information.
The Zion Region Collaborative Planning Effort
Zion National Park and the gateway communities on the western side of the Park have experienced considerable pressure from regional growth, increased national park visitation, water shortages, and related impacts on social and environmental resources. EDR Program is partnering with the University of Utah’s Ecological Planning Center on a multi-year action research project that aims to provide regional planning support while studying the effectiveness of collaborative scenario planning as an approach for enhancing regional resilience. The research team includes faculty and graduate students from the University of Utah College of Law, City and Metropolitan Planning Department, and Environmental Humanities Program.