My organization represents whistleblowers. Our mission is to protect the employees who protect our environment. That entails supporting public employees in their efforts to ensure transparency in government and science-based decision making. Not surprisingly, the most common barrier our clients face is politics interfering with the ability to do their jobs.
Wolf reintroduction in Colorado is an example of a public resource management issue infused with politics. People on both sides of wolf reintroduction have strong feelings. So, Ballot Initiative 114 put the Colorado Division of Natural Resources and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) in a delicate position, requiring the agency to walk a fine line of supplying factual information, but without advocating for or against either side.