Fostering Productive Dialogue in Divided Times

By Griffin Smith for EDRBlog.org People being viciously attacked—verbally and physically—just because they are a certain race, ethnicity, religion, or simply trying to fly war torn countries. Vitriol flying back and forth across social media. Friends, neighbors, and even family members that no longer speak to each other because of how they voted in the […]

A Need—and an Opportunity—for Leadership

By Danya Rumore for EDRBlog.org In every challenge, there is an opportunity. There is no doubt that we live in challenging times. One need only read the national or local news to find multiple examples of societal frustration, political turmoil, ideological divides, environmental degradation, and numerous other challenges. The question is: how do we leverage […]

I’ll See You in Court: Litigation and Collaborative Land Management

By Ian Summers for EDRBlog.org Litigation over public land management has become a contentious topic in recent news. Industry groups and ranchers are pressuring the new Congress and Administration to end what they deem “abusive” litigation tactics used by environmental groups against grazing and other federal land projects involving the private sector.  It’s within this […]

The Future of Indian Water Rights in the West

By Nils Lofgren for EDRBlog.org Water is an important and essential commodity for people living in the western United States today. Water is just as important for Indians living on reservation lands in the western states. As the importance of water increases a new trend has begun in the west, Indian tribes are creating settlements […]

Making Room for Give and Take

By Dan Adams for EDRblog.org Recently, I spent 17 days on the islands of Cebu and Negros in the Philippines.  It was a powerful cultural experience.  As a conflict resolution practitioner, I was especially taken by surprise as I witnessed a complete absence of conflict, anger, or frustration exhibited by anyone on the roads.  Whether […]

“Town Halls” Are Dead. Long Live Town Halls?

By Larry Schooler This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post on 03/29/2017 05:25 pm ET, updated Mar 30, 2017. We are reposting it with Larry Schooler’s permission. Imagine walking into a room with hundreds of people looking at you, waiting for you to speak, hanging on your every syllable. We have plenty of these […]

The Clean Air Act: Improving public health at an affordable cost

By Michael Squires At its core, the Clean Air Act (CAA) is a health care statute. Congress found that “the growth in the amount and complexity of air pollution brought about by urbanization, industrial development, and the increasing use of motor vehicles, has resulted in mounting dangers to the public health and welfare.”[1] In 1990 […]

Accomplishing the Impossible: The Spokane River Story

By Adriane P. Borgias for EDRBlog.org “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” HERACLITUS By the end of 2011, the Spokane River community had learned its lesson. After more than eleven years of disputes, delays, and lawsuits, a plan for improving […]

Empowering Collaboration Through Dark Sky Protection

By Janey Heyman Moving from a small California beach town to Salt Lake City, I realized the night sky was a severely under-utilized resource in my childhood. I can only identify four constellations: the three-starred belt of Orion, the ladle-shaped Big Dipper and its younger sister the Little Dipper, and the cluster of the Pleiades. […]

Apply for Short Course on Effective Natural Resources Collaboration

By Michele Straube The 23 participants in the inaugural Short Course will attend their last session on April 27, walking away with a Certificate of Completion; new skills, friends and collaborators; and a capstone project putting the concepts and skills they learned into action in a real-life setting of their choosing. The application period for […]