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About the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution

The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (ECR) is a program of the Udall Foundation, an independent Federal agency based in Tucson, Arizona. Since 1998, the U.S. Institute has been an impartial entity inside the Federal government, independent of other agencies, that provides conflict resolution services to help public and private interests manage and resolve environmental conflicts nationwide.

The U.S. Institute carefully guards its independence and impartiality. The 2005 Federal Policy Memorandum on ECR recognizes the U.S. Institute's status as a key provider of ECR services, and encourages Federal agencies to draw on U.S. Institute services to increase the effective use of ECR.
The BLM contacted the Institute in 2009 seeking assistance with public engagement in conjunction with development of a strategy for the Secretary's Wild Horse and Burro Initiative announced in October.  The Institute, in conjunction with the BLM, conducted an initial assessment of the BLM's proposed role for ECR.  The next step was a competitive selection process for an experienced ECR practitioner, in this case J. Michael Harty of Kearns & West. The Institute then contracted with Harty to assist the BLM through an external, non-partisan assessment and development of a proposal for effective public engagement.

Last updated: 06-03-2010