The Center

The Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy is an applied research and education center at The University of Montana. The Center is impartial and non-partisan. It is not an advocate for any particular interest or outcome.

The purpose of the Center is to improve policy for people and places—including urban, rural, working, and wild landscapes. We believe that the most effective way to do this is through public processes that are well informed and provide meaningful opportunities for all interested citizens, stakeholders, and decision-makers to participate.

To this end, we specialize in both process and substance. Our staff and Senior Fellows are recognized experts in facilitation, mediation, collaboration, and conflict resolution. They are also well known for their work in public lands policy, water law and policy, land-use planning, and cross-boundary resource management. As a team, we:

  • Inform and invigorate policy discussions by providing timely, decision-relevant research and analysis.
  • Facilitate and mediate complex, multi-party dialogues on land and water issues.
  • Build and share knowledge to push the horizons of natural resources and environmental policy and governance.
  • Train future leaders through our unique Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program.