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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 took a 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.


Program and Speakers


Conference Report

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Retrospective
Amanda Peacher, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Local Perspectives on Our Public Lands
Gordon Cruikshank, Valley County Commissioner
Terry Kramer, Twin Falls County Commissioner
Tom Lamar, Latah County Commissioner

National Forest and Rangeland Management
MT Governor Steve Bullock

Legal Theories For and Against Federal Land Ownership
ID Attorney General Lawrence Wasden

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

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

Conference Sponsors

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