Cathleen Neelan

Environmental; Public Policy/Government;
Land Use/Growth Impacts; Housing;
Agricultural; Mining; Real Estate
Development; Community Conflicts.

Cathleen Neelan was part of the team that pioneered collaborative problem solving in the mid 80’s for the United States Forest Service. Environmental disputes had become so polarized that hostility was mounting between federal agencies and environmental groups. Ms. Neelan’s skill as a mediator / facilitator has become recognized regionally and nationally, resulting in increasing demands for her assistance. Many of the disputes she resolved were emotionally sensitive such as wolf reintroduction, old growth logging, wilderness designation and human impacts from population growth and affordable housing. Cathleen has 15 years experience as a Federal employee in environmental areas and several years in corporate work with Amax coal mine. In 1995, she started her own mediation practice and has diversified to include community and local projects focusing on population growth impacts. She has skillfully achieved ‘group consensus’ on the contentious topic of affordable housing in several Colorado communities, a task previously unsuccessful. Initially trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques in 1987, Cathleen continues to devote time to active (class work), and participatory learning (practice and teaching). She served as the Senior Mediator/Program Manager for 25 mediators that assist the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with conflict resolution in the western region. Also an active member of the Roster for Advanced Practitioners with US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Udall Foundation.

email: c.neelan@NorthAmericanMediation.com

 

Colorado Council of Mediators

Professional Mediator

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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Background Summary for Cathleen Neelan

Listed below are samples of cases for Cathleen Neelan (more cases & information available via email).

CASE NAME CLIENT(S) LOCATION
Ogden Rail yard, Superfund Clean-up, Ogden UT UP Rail Road, UT Dept. Transportation, UT DNR,
EPA, UT DEQ
UT
Multiple State Conservation Plans
for Endangered Species
CDOW, UDWR,
BLM, USFS, USFWS
CO & UT
Summit County Affordable Housing Summit County Planning Dept., Intrawest Bank, Cooper Ski Area – Plaintiffs CO
Right-of-Way Mediations Municipal & County courts Throughout CO
Travel Management in Colorado State Park CO State Park CO
Communication/Coordinat.
of Forest Health, Nationwide
USFS, State University
& State Agencies
Nationwide
Subic Bay Ecotourism Partnership, Philippines Subic Bay Metro Authorties, World Wildlife Organization Subic Bay, Philippines
Community Consensus
for Affordable Housing
Routt County & Steamboat Spgs. City Governments CO
Yampa River Basin Partnership Craig & Steamboat
Springs City Government
CO
Smart Growth Conferences Denver &
West Slope communities
Throughout CO
Transportation Plan for Summit County Summit County
Transportation Committee
CO
Riparian Conservation Restoration Coal Mines & BLM CO

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List of Past Mediation/Facilitation Clients

FEDERAL

STATE

NON-GOVT. & NON-PROFIT

ORGANIZATIONS

Army Corp. of EngineersBureau of Land Mngt.Environ. Protection Agency

National Park Service

US Forest Service

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Subic Bay Metro. Authority- Philippine Govt.

CO Dept. of Wildlife

CO Dept. of Natural Resources

CO Div. of Local Government

CO Dept. of Local Affairs

CO State Univ. Coop. Extension

KUNC – Univ. Northern

CO Public Radio

UT Div. of Wildlife Resources

UT Dept. of Transportation

Better Business Bureau

Eagle Co. Transportation Cmtt.

Horizons for the Handicapped

N.W. CO Riparian Task Force

The Nature Conservancy

Yampa River Basin Partnership

Yampa Valley Partners-

CO Trust & Nat. Civic League

PRIVATE

LOCAL &

MUNICIPAL GOVT.

CORPORATIONS

Numerous small tourism

operators promoting

the local community,

environment or agriculture

Routt County Govt.

Moffat County Govt.

Summit County Govt.

Steamboat Spgs. City Govt.

Local Clubs & Organizations

AMAX Coal

Colo. Wyo Coal

Copper Mtn. Ski Resort

Steamboat Ski Corp.

Union Pacific Railroad