Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West: Science, Policy, and People

Emerging Issues Forum 

Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West: Science, Policy, People, 2015  | Photo credit Joe RiisPhoto credit Joe Riis

Hosted by the Ruckelshaus Institute and the Wyoming Migration Initiative
Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West: Science, Policy, People -- Wyoming Migration Initiative     Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West: Science, Policy, People -- Ruckelshaus Institute

The science of big game migration is developing quickly and we are now gaining a better understanding of corridor habitats, animal behavior, and herd-level benefits associated with mule deer, pronghorn, elk, and other migrations in Wyoming and the West. As animals migrate between distant seasonal ranges, they traverse myriad jurisdictions and land ownership types, requiring managers to coordinate their efforts amid a diverse regulatory and policy landscape. The result is tremendous complexity, but also an opportunity to learn and collaborate.

The forum will open with a half-day on November 9 to explore the science of long-distance big game migrations, from a global to local perspective. Day two will be about the intersection of people, policy, and wildlife migration. Through interactive panel discussions with outfitters, landowners, non-profits, state and federal agency leaders, and others, presenters and audience members will identify critical opportunities and gaps in public policy and private initiatives to further the management and conservation of big game migration in the West.

Be part of the conversation:

November 9 (1-5pm) and November 10 (8am-5pm), 2015
University of Wyoming Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
222 S 22nd St
Laramie, Wyoming


Click here to view the draft forum agenda.


Registration is closed, but contact contact Nyla Hurley, special events coordinator at 307-766-5080 if you want to attend.


Rooms are available for forum participants at the Hilton Garden Inn at a reduced rate of $99 per night.  Please make your reservation by October 25th to guarantee rate and availability.

Hilton Garden Inn
2229 Grand Ave
Laramie, WY 82070

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For questions, contact Nyla Hurley, special events coordinator 307-766-5080.


   Knobloch Family Foundation  George B Storer Foundation    US Geological Survey

Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Migration Forum, 2015 Laramie Rivers Conservation District, Migration Forum, 2015   WyGISC      Wyoming Outdoor Council   The Nature Conservancy           

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