Facilitation Services

Yellowstone_LakeTrout_Workshop Scott Bischke has over a dozen years of experience facilitating meetings in the scientific, engineering, and public policy realms. We specialize in straight ahead facilitation scoped at helping you keep your meeting focused and on track, and most importantly helping you achieve your meeting goals.

Regardless of the meeting topic, we strongly encourage clients to bring MountainWorks on board early to help set meeting logistics, timing, and expectations. We excel at understanding meeting flow and making needed modifications in real time, as your meeting progresses. And we will happily help you post-meeting as well, in such areas as meeting documentation, report writing, post-mortem analsysis, web site management and data presentation, and future direction planning.

Past MountainWorks facilitation efforts have varied from an international corporate environmental conference to meetings slated at understanding wildlife disease; from creating a new field station to setting technical goals for natural resource monitoring; from management of bison in and around Yellowstone National Park to control of invasive lake trout in Yellowstone and Flathead lakes; and from developing the long term science plan for the Greater Yellowstone Area to understanding large scale, Canadian/USA ecosystem dynamics.

Our clients have included the National Park System, Hewlett-Packard Corporation, U.S. Geological Survey, Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, the Greater Yellowstone Network, Big Sky Institute, Montana State University, the University of California Davis, Gallatin National Forest, Animal and Plant Health Services, Montana Department of Livestock, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, and many more.

Project highlight: Interagency Bison Management Plan

Since 2008 MountainWorks has led ~40 ( and counting!) meetings of the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) Partnership. The IBMP is a cooperative, multi-agency effort that guides the management of bison and brucellosis in and around Yellowstone National Park. The partnership is made up of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Intertribal Buffalo Council, Montana Department of Livestock, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, National Park Service, Nez Perce Tribe, and the US Foreset Service. MountainWorks efforts on behalf of the IBMP include meeting planning, meeting faciliation, web site management, report writing, and more. For more information on this fascinating group, see the IBMP website.