Moffat County, COUnited States
About Retta Bruegger
Retta is the Outreach and Research Coordinator for the Learning from the Land Project out of the Warner College of Natural Resources, where she serves as the liaison between ranchers, Extension personnel, agency collaborators and students and faculty at CSU and the University of Wyoming. She is based out of the Colorado State University Regional Extension Office in Grand Junction, CO. The purpose of Retta’s project, located in Moffat County, Colorado, is to collaboratively design and implement an adaptive management experiment using innovative, rancher-identified techniques for improving sage-grouse habitat. The objectives are to help answer the question of what the average landowner can do to manage for sage-grouse in the local area, and to experiment with a collaborative and participatory approach to applied research. Thus, the purpose is both to generate information on process (i.e., how to implement collaborative adaptive management) and results (i.e., improve knowledge of managing sage-grouse on the local scale). She will also work with a social strategist to design web-based outreach materials on the collaborative adaptive management process and results to educate and engage the broader conservation community.