Matthew McKinney

Matthew McKinney

Matthew McKinney

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Position or Title Director

Professional Biography After more than 20 years of experience as a facilitator and mediator, I believe that the most effective way to build agreement and resolve disputes over natural resource and environmental issues is to blend expertise in substance  and process. To this end, I -- along with several colleagues -- help citizens and officials shape policy for people and places (urban, rural, working, and wild places) through  public processes that are well informed and provide meaningful  opportunities for all interested citizens and decision-makers to participate. In recent years, I have specialized in water policy, public land management, regional planning, and landscape conservation. I not only help people solve particular issues and problems, but increasingly help design collaborative systems of governance.

Address Line 1 32 Campus Drive

City Missoula

State Montana

Zip 59812

Phone 406-459-5166

Small Business No

GSA Schedule Provider No

Federal Employee No

Native Dispute Resolution Network No

Total Cases Last 10 Years 25

ECR Services Provided

Strategic Planning for Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortInternational Joint Commission2013
Facilitation of Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortPractitioners' Network on Large Landscape Conservation2013
Process Design6th World Water Forum2012
Public Engagement/Public InputUniversities Consortium on Columbia River Governance2012
Conflict/Situation AssessmentColumbia River Treaty2009
Mediation/Assisted NegotiationInstream Flow Water Dispute1995
Regulatory NegotiationsPublic Access to State School Trust Lands
Policy DialoguesRoundtable on the Crown of the Continent

Case Experience by Subject Matter

Water issues General6th World Water Forum2012
Watershed Management and/or PlanningColumbia River Treaty2009
Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiu2019ian IssuesColumbia River Treaty2009
Agricultural issuesBeaverhead County Community Forum1997
Allocation of Liability for DamagesState Superfund Policy Dialogue1996
Ecosystem ManagementRoundtable on the Crown of the Continent
Climate ChangeRoundtable on the Crown of the Continent

Type of Public Decision

Implementation/monitoring agreementsInternational Joint Commission2013
Siting and ConstructionZortman-Landusky Mine Reclamation2000
Policy developmentInstream Flow Water Dispute1995
RulemakingPublic Access to State School Trust Lands1994
PlanningBLM Resource Management Plan

Case Size

Cases involving 15 to 60 participantsPractitioners' Network on Large Landscape Conservation2013
Cases involving more than 60 participantsUniversities Consortium on Columbia River Governance2012
Cases involving more than 3 but less than 15 participantsInstream Flow Water Dispute1995

Case Jurisdiction/Scale

National or regionally significant casesPractitioners' Network on Large Landscape Conservation2013
InternationalInternational Joint Commission2013
Tribal governmentColumbia River Treaty2009
Multi-jurisdictionalRoundtable on the Crown of the Continent
Large landscape scaleRoundtable on the Crown of the Continent

Process Support Services

Meeting Support
Support ServiceCaseYear
Logistical and administrative support (organizing logistics for meetings, notetaking, etc.)Practitioners' Network on Large Landscape Conservation2013
Experience in a team of multiple ECR Professionals6th World Water Forum2012
Engagement of technical experts/third party science advisorsRoundtable on the Crown of the Continent

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