Disclaimer: This article does not constitute legal advice. If you have any questions about your individual situation it is best to seek the advice of an experienced legal professional.

One of the latest moves of the Trump administration is to redefine “habitats.” Unfortunately the new narrow definition that the Trump administration has proposed is unlikely to be able to meet the challenges that climate change and conservation will demand. The Trump administration will attempt to make the case that animals’ habitats should be defined as existing habitats only. Even if an animal is pushed out to the smallest corner of previously vast territories, there won’t be justification for the restoration of the animal’s habitat through reforestation or other means.

Animals’ habitats can shrink for many reasons, whether due to water shortages because of climate change or pollution or logging. Very often, the environment in which animals’ exist is constricted because of the activities of humans. As well as being very bad news for animals, if this definition is accepted, it will also escalate conflict between animal rights groups, industry groups and local government.

At Boileau Conflict Solutions, we are Bozemann, MT mediators who have a long history of working in conflicts involving animal protection, conservation and rights. Additionally we also work with land and water disputes in Montana and elsewhere. The process of mediation costs far less than litigation and is also more time effective. Conflicts involving our common environment and the animals that share it with us are often plagued with entangled interests and misinformation that leads to a failure to resolve problems. We approach conflicts using mathematical approaches such as game theory to identify common interests, and psychoanalytical approaches to identify needs and desires. We also conduct a thorough analysis of the facts and financial realities of the situation. We are financial and legal experts who can find innovative solutions by respectfully involving all parties and helping them to identify their priorities and proceed in a foresighted rather than reactive manner.

Finding Common “Ground”

At Boileau Conflict Solutions we help parties reach a consensus where the stake of each party in the common interest is clearly defined. In general, environmental destruction does not work in the long-term interest of any party. The direction of current legislation broadly follows the science about climate change. Therefore it’s important for everyone with an interest in our common environment to get up to date about how these issues affect them. As well educated mediators who have significant expertise in water and land conservation and the needs of the animal population and legal, financial and psychoanalytical experts, we can offer a multi-layered approach to mediation in which the meaning of conflicts can be explored on multiple levels. When all parties’ needs are thoroughly understood, agreements tend to be long-lasting, saving time, trouble and cost.

With the Trump administration’s new definition of habitats, it’s very likely that the interest of different groups will come into conflict. As Montana mediators who work on environmental conflicts, we can help to transform these conflicts into solutions that benefit all.

Who We Are and How We Can Help

We are Bozemann mediators and negotiators with financial, legal, and psychological backgrounds who can analyze your land or water conflict and provide win-win solution sets, using analysis, consultation, mediation, or negotiation. Water is the basis for our human survival, so it’s easy to see how conflicts can quickly become emotional. We recognize that conflicts about water rights can have deep historical roots and require a thorough analysis of sustainable solutions, drawing on the knowledge of experts and parties alike. By employing careful scientific, mathematical, and legal knowledge, recognizing the important values and interests of all stakeholders, and utilizing practical techniques informed by game theory, psychology, and solid strategic and tactical techniques, we can help any and all parties achieve their goals. This approach to conflict avoids costly and protracted litigation, creates sustainable solutions, and develops long-lasting relationships that can pave the way for increased co-operation and better policy on water management and rights. Conflicts over water come in a wide variety of forms: water quality, grazing rights, stream rights, usage rights, community rights, groundwater and surface water and drainage conflicts to name just a few. We can mediate any and all conflicts over water, saving money and crafting solutions built to last for both individuals and the community. During the Coronavirus crisis we are offering accessible, safe remote mediations via videoconferencing platforms like Zoom or Facetime. All remote mediations are completely confidential with the added security of a private, encrypted server. We are available 7 days a week and at urgent notice. Please contact us to see how we can help.

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