Identifying Effective Policy and Governance Strategies for Predator Reintroduction

  • Brielle Manzolillo, Master’s student, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Warner College of Natural Resources-CSU
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Project Summary

If ballot 107 passes in the fall of 2020, Colorado will be following in the footsteps of past wolf reintroduction efforts in other states, and land managers and policy makers will start to contemplate policy approaches and management plans.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife will have several years to plan for wolf reintroduction and will face questions about how to do so in a way that is effective, inclusive, equitable, and legitimate. An opportunity exists to draw on the lessons learned from past reintroduction efforts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Mexican wolf reintroduction area and uncover the challenges that will face Colorado specifically.  This project will 1) identify how lessons learned from past wolf reintroduction efforts can inform policy and governance strategies for wolf reintroduction in Colorado, and 2) support efforts in Colorado by working with policy makers and land managers to identify the policy tools that will facilitate a successful reintroduction for both wolves and humans.   Policy tools are instruments that can enable governments to solve both social and economic problems such as capacity building, educational programs, incentives, etc. The research will use a policy design lens as an analytical framework to examine the tools and governance strategies available for policy makers working in conservation.