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Environment and Public Lands

Wise use of our public lands and collaborative land-use decisions through stakeholder inclusive conversations are at the heart of the Andrus Center.  As former Secretary of the Interior, Cecil D. Andrus holds one of the greatest conservation records in American history.  In his words, “I remain hopeful that I will be able to pass on to my grandchildren all the pleasures of life in an unspoiled West. Perhaps hope should be replaced by a stronger word. It is a matter of obligation.”

2017 – Why Public Lands Matter

A conference designed to look at current public lands management practices, the various voices in support and dissent, and potential stakeholder collaboration toward forward-looking best practices designed to manage, protect, and preserve our public lands for the generations to follow. A White Paper of the report is available by contacting the Andrus Center at (208) 426-3784 or you can email the Andrus Center.

2017 – Beyond the White Clouds: Behind the Scenes

A one-night free event, Idaho Public Television, and Outdoor Idaho documented this incredible 50-year journey in a cinematic-worthy one hour feature that premiered in December of 2016.  Idaho Public Television and Boise State’s School of Public Service presented a very special evening with Outdoor Idaho host Bruce Reichert and panelists Governor Andrus, Congressman Mike Simpson, Reporter Rocky Barker, and Executive Director of the Idaho Conservation League Rick Johnson.

2015 – Western Invasive Weed Summit

A collaboration between the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Andrus Center. This invitation-only event brought together local, state, and federal agencies, environmentalists, tribes, and cattlemen to discuss the conversion of native sagebrush to invasive annual grasslands.  Invasive plants can fundamentally transform ecosystems by altering their basic species composition and function.