Strategies and Tactics for the Experienced Natural Resource Negotiator: November 12-14, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Nina Burkardt


The Fort Collins Science Center's Social and Economic Analysis (SEA) Branch has been conducting and publishing research on multi-party natural resource negotiation since the 1980s. This research has led to the development of the basic negotiation training courses. This course is a mix of lecture, hands-on training, and discussion. Please join us and other natural resource professionals facing similar problems and share your experiences. Come prepared to candidly discuss examples of successes to embrace, stalemates to recognize, and pitfalls to avoid in natural resource negotiations. Registration is open for the April 16-18, 2019 basic negotiation course. More information on the negotiation courses offered by the USGS Fort Collins Science Center can be accessed here.

Many Federal resource managers are required by statute to consult on the management plans of Federal lands and Federal permits and licenses. These collaborative processes often include public involvement programs and are frequently controversial and contentious. Federal resource managers must be effective negotiators to participate in these processes in a manner that maximizes service to the public, is efficient in terms of time and money, and results in a product that meets agency missions. The courses are typically attended by Federal managers from a variety of agencies as well as State, local, and county agency personnel.

The training course is held at the Fort Collins Science Center, Colorado and provides participants with the basic principles, skills, and techniques used in natural resource negotiation so that they can more effectively plan for and participate in these processes. Each class typically includes students from various federal agencies as well as state and local agencies. Ample time for discussion and student participation allows for exchange of ideas and experiences. No previous negotiation experience is required, though many participants have past, present, and/or future negotiations to discuss.

The course is a dynamic mix of lecture, hands-on training, and discussion. During the training session, participants will apply what they learn to real-life scenarios and be evaluated by an expert panel of experienced negotiators. Course materials include a training handbook and online readings.


USGS Fort Collins Science Center, 2150 Centre Ave Building C, Fort Collins, CO 80526


$950.00 US dollars.


  • Register using this form.
  • Department of Interior Employees will also need to register through DOI Talent.