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Why Public Lands Matter

Hiker sitting on rock wall viewing sunrisePublic lands — how they are managed and how they are used — matter.  Public Lands are critical to the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat, watersheds, cultural resources, and antiquities.  They’re a critical source of outdoor recreation such as hiking, fishing, and hunting.  They are also an important economic engine driving traditional resource use, tourism, and the dollars brought to the states in which public lands reside.

This conference is 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.

Event Details

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Boise State Student Union, Jordan Ballroom
1700 University Drive

Registration begins at 8:00 AM
Program begins at 8:30 AM

Registration is $50 and includes all speakers, panels, lunch, and reception.
Reserved tables of six (6) are available for $500 and include logo signage on table and recognition in program.
Sponsorships are available for $1500 and include above benefits plus additional logo signage and recognition.

Conference Sponsors

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8:30 AM to 8:40 AM
Governor Cecil D. Andrus

8:40 AM to 9:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Congressman Mike Simpson

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Retrospective
Amanda Peacher, Oregon Public Broadcasting

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Local Perspectives on Our Public Lands
Gordon Cruikshank, Valley County Commissioner
Terry Kramer, Twin Falls County Commissioner
Tom Lamar, Latah County Commissioner

Noon – 1:00 PM
Lunch and Keynote Speaker
National Forest and Rangeland Management
MT Governor Steve Bullock

1:15 PM to 2:00 PM
Legal Theories For and Against Federal Land Ownership
ID Attorney General Lawrence Wasden

2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Collaborative Success: Idaho Reforestation Project
Bill Higgins, Idaho Forest Group
Rick Tholen, Society of American Foresters
Will Whelan, The Nature Conservancy

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Collaborative Success: Conservation and Recreation
Luis Benitez, CO Office of the Outdoor Recreation Industry
Ashley Korenblat, Public Land Solutions
Peter Metcalf, Black Diamond

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Looking Forward
John Freemuth, Andrus Center for Public Policy

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM