Public Lands2019-04-15T14:44:36-06:00

Public Lands

Our work is focused on helping stakeholders create sustainable and equitable management, use and access to natural resources and public lands, including in the face of trends including growing populations and changing climate. We work on topics related to conservation, recreation, and natural resource development and management.

Featured Projects

Next 100 Coalition

Keystone is providing policy insights and facilitation in support of the Next 100 Coalition — a broad-based effort to ensure our public lands are engaging and serving all segments of the American people. The Coalition brings together leaders from faith-based, civil rights, community, and environmental justice groups to establish a more inclusive approach to management of our nation’s parks and public lands over the next 100 years. Keystone is supporting the Coalition’s efforts to work constructively with land management agencies, environmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the public, to include perspectives from an increasingly diverse national constituency in the policies, workforce, and culture of those organizations.

Dark Skies

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

Keystone provided facilitation for the Desert, Great Plains, Gulf Coast Prairie, and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs).  LCCs resulted in multi-jurisdictional coordination and development of applied science to address conservation priorities in the context of climate change and other landscape scale stressors. The LCCs were part of a nationwide U.S. Department of Interior initiative that involving federal, state, tribal, academic, non-governmental, and private sector stakeholders.

Mule Deer

Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy

Across the West, state wildlife agencies have been seeing declines in mule deer populations.  Keystone planned and facilitated seven local public meetings and a Statewide Summit to discuss the issues facing the Colorado West Slope mule deer populations and garner public input on a Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy that will guide Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s efforts to work towards increasing deer populations. View the public meeting and statewide summit reports.

Forest Health

Keystone facilitated Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s Colorado Forest Health Advisory Council, comprised of public, private, and NGO stakeholders and resulting in strategic dialogue and coordination on forest management issues. Keystone also facilitated a 2010 Bark Beetle Summit and conversations on prescribed burning and smoke management in both Colorado and New Mexico.

Moab Utah

Resource Management Planning, Master Leasing Planning, and National Monument Planning Stakeholder Workshops

Keystone facilitated workshops to bring together stakeholders and community members in discussion of maps, data, perspectives, and management suggestions for Bureau of Land Management multi-use planning for oil and gas, recreation, conservation, agriculture, cultural resources, and other interests. Efforts in Moab, UT; South Park, CO; and Carlsbad, NM each resulted in enhanced community and stakeholder communication and understanding and publicly available reports. Keystone has also facilitated stakeholder conversations regarding conservation, recreation, and cultural resource management planning for Gold Butte National Monument and Browns Canyon National Monument.

Community Recreation Planning

As populations surge along with recreational use of public lands, land managers are engaging stakeholders and communities for their input into recreation and visitor use planning. Keystone facilitates community-based conversations to share perspectives, interests, and management suggestions with public land managers. Recent efforts include public listening sessions for the Basalt, CO State Wildlife Area Shooting Range managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the wake of a large wildfire that started at the range and a community roundtable to discuss the contentious Mad Rabbit Trails System proposal on US Forest Service Lands in Routt County, CO.