Environment

The Keystone Policy Center has extensive experience working on environmental policy and facilitating dialogues at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. In each case, Keystone Policy Center staff have confronted challenging issues, fostered complex policy dialogues, and helped participants reach consensus solutions and find common higher ground.

Our expert staff’s work on environmental policy has involved some of the most important issues of our time, including climate change, collaborative resource management, ecosystem and watershed management, natural resource protection, water quality and supply issues, sustainable agriculture, green marketing, resource development, and pollinator health.

Learn more about our featured projects below and review our past work in this area.

Featured Projects

Moab Master Leasing Plan

Moab is surrounded by some of the most stunning landscapes in Utah and the American Southwest — renowned for their recreation opportunities and potential for oil, gas, and mineral development. In an effort to assess current and future land uses, including energy development, the Bureau of Land Management launched its Moab Master Leasing Plan (MLP) process. The BLM’s planning effort will prepare the MLP, amendments to the Moab and Monticello Resource Management Plans, and an Environmental Impact Statement. The MLP process will provide additional planning and analysis prior to new leasing of oil and gas and potash within the Planning Area. Learn More

Colorado Water and Growth Dialogue

By 2030, Colorado is projected to experience a 65 percent increase in population and with it a substantial increase in demand for water. In a state with limited water, this increase in demand will result in a water supply gap. This impending gap is a well-known and pressing problem for the future of Colorado. Thus far, strategies to address the gap have generally taken three forms: develop new supply and water storage projects; implement reuse projects; and encourage water conservation. The Keystone Policy Center is leading the Colorado Water and Growth Dialogue in an attempt to explore and demonstrate how the integration of water and land use planning should be utilized to reduce water demand from the development and re-development associated with the projected population increase. Learn More

Mule Deer

Facing declines of mule deer populations across the Centennial State, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife worked with the Keystone Policy Center in 2014 to seek input statewide on strategies to confront this problem. The Keystone Policy Center worked with the state to solicit input from sportsmen, landowners, outfitters, biologists, wildlife managers, other state agencies, federal agencies, local elected officials, and other key stakeholders. Learn More

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

For more than five years, the Keystone Policy Center has worked to develop and promote a series of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives — management-science partnerships for addressing climate change and other stressors at a landscape scale. These ongoing efforts — part of a nationwide U.S. Department of the Interior initiative involving federal, state, tribal, academic, non-governmental, and private sector stakeholders — help strengthen conservation efforts by providing opportunities to develop, access, and share applied science. They also help leverage funding, information, and technical expertise for applied science projects. Learn More

Dark Skies

The Colorado Plateau and adjoining areas of the American Southwest have some of the most pristine, clear, and accessible skies in the developed world. However, the growing proliferation and use of blue-rich and poorly-filtered LED outdoor lighting threatens our abilities to view night skies for scientific, recreational, and cultural purposes — and disrupts important circadian rhythms of humans and other organisms.

In an effort to confront this problem, the Keystone Policy Center partnered with the Lowell Observatory and the City of Flagstaff in August 2014 to host a summit on this issue. More than 160 stakeholders attended the summit, including community planners, highway engineers and transportation planners, professional and amateur astronomers, lighting designers and manufacturers, federal and state land managers, and dark skies advocates. Learn More

South Park Master Leasing Plan

Ahead of the Bureau of Land Management’s South Park Master Leasing Plan (MLP) process, the Keystone Policy Center partnered with the Coalition for the Upper South Platte to host independent workshops regarding the area’s future. The workshops, which convened a diverse group of stakeholders, including ranchers and energy interests, built relationships and trust between the different stakeholders ahead of the planned South Mark MLP. Keystone’s process also created awareness of stakeholder interests and perspectives that may inform leasing decisions on other lands and built knowledge of and access to a common set of data and facts upon which MLP decisions could rely. Learn More