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Dr. John Freemuth is quoted in the Conversation

Interior Secretary Zinke invokes Teddy Roosevelt as model, but his public land policies don’t
John Freemuth is the Executive Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. He receives funding from USGS and BLM.

Original source: The Conversation US, 9/27/17; Boise State Update, 9/27/17

Dr. John Freemuth was quoted in the Lewiston Morning Tribune

Are we seeing an end to Idaho’s ‘forest wars’?
“For decades, Idaho seemed caught up in what Boise State University environmental policy professor John Freemuth coined the “forest wars.”.”

Original source: Lewiston Morning Tribune, 9/27/17

The Blue Review post, “Lessons Learned”, by Chris Birdsall

Red brick building with columns in front Idaho set a goal to have 60 percent of 25- to 34-year-old Idahoans hold a college degree or certificate by …
The post Lessons Learned appeared first on The Blue Review.

Original Source: The Blue Review, 9/25/17

John Freemuth was quoted in an titled “Forest Service, Idaho work to boost logging on federal land.”

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Dr. John Freemuth

Forest Service, Idaho work to boost logging on federal land
… you don’t compromise environmental values,” said John Freemuth, a Boise State University environmental policy professor and public lands expert.

“The article discusses agreements for logging and restoration projects on federal land in what officials say could become a template for other Western states to create jobs and reduce the severity of wildfires.”

Original source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 9/22/17, Associated Press, 9/22/17 and the Boise State UPDATE 9/24/17 

Suzanne McCorkle and Melanie Reese, published 2nd edition of “Personal Conflict Management”

Photo of Suzanne McCorkle 1Suzanne McCorkle and Melanie Reese have published the second edition of their book, “Personal Conflict Management” (2018, Routledge). The book details the common causes of conflict, showcases the theories that explain why conflict happens, presents strategies for managing conflict, and invites consideration of the risks of leaving conflict unsettled.

Origination source: Boise State UPDATE, 9/15/17

John Freemuth was quoted in a High Country News story

Portrait of John Freemuth
John Freemuth was quoted in a High Country News story titled “Trump administration erodes environmental protections.” Read the full article in the High Country News.

Original source: Boise State UPDATE 9/13/17; High County News 9/11/17

President Kustra to Moderate Politics of Protected Areas Forum

“Boise State University President Bob Kustra will moderate a forum presented by the Idaho Environmental Forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational association, from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in the Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel.

The forum, titled “The Politics of Protected Areas: National Parks, Monuments, and Wilderness,” will focus on the politics of monuments such as Craters of the Moon and Bears Ears, as well as other protected areas such as national parks and wilderness. The speakers will discuss challenges and opportunities related to federally protected areas, including the role of the American people and how they interpret and engage with these places.

“The passing of Cecil Andrus and the celebration of his public lands legacy illustrate the importance of our national parks monuments wilderness and protected areas. Some of these lands appear to many to be under assault today; this forum will explore their status and the issues surrounding them,” said John Freemuth, a Boise State professor of environmental policy and executive director of the Cecil D. Andrus Center for Public Policy.

In addition to Freemuth, the forum will feature University of Illinois professor of political science Robert Pahre and Idaho Conservation League executive director Rick Johnson.

Learn more and register to attend on the Idaho Environmental Forum website.”

Original source: Boise State UPDATE 9/2/17

MPA alumni, and IMGMA Executive Director, Steven Sumter, announces 2017 MGMA Conference

The Idaho Medical Group Management Association (Idaho MGMA) is a professional association of approximately 200 medical practice administrators and managers from a variety of medical practices and facilities throughout Idaho. As an affiliate of the national Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), we help improve members’ practices through exclusive member benefits, education, resource news, and networking opportunities.

This year, Idaho MGMA is hosting it’s 2017 Annual Conference at Boise State University on September 20th-22nd. In partnership with the Boise State School of Public Service and Department of Community and Environmental Health, MHS and MPA program students may attend the educational portion of this event September 21-22 at no cost. The conference is a fantastic educational and networking opportunity. Idaho MGMA is still in need of volunteers if interested.

Student conference registration includes program materials and meals for participation during the educational portion of the conference. Registration DOES NOT include admission to Wednesday Golf Tournament, Wednesday Evening Reception, or the Thursday Evening Dinner/Entertainment. In accordance with university policy, students are prohibited from participating in these activities.

If you are currently enrolled in Boise State’s MHS or MPA program you may register here. Students must register prior to September 8.

Click here to view the tentative conference schedule. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

Contact Steven Sumter, Idaho MGMA Executive Director, by phone at (208) 344-7888, or via email at

Memorial Planned for Legendary Idaho Political Leader Cecil Andrus

Cecil Andrus receives an honorary doctorate from Boise State in 2004.

Cecil Andrus receives an honorary doctorate from Boise State in 2004.


“Cecil D. Andrus, a Democrat, the only Idahoan elected four times as the state’s governor and the former Secretary of the Interior under President Jimmy Carter, has died in Boise. He was 85 years old. Andrus’ death late Thursday resulted from complications related to lung cancer.

Andrus often referred to himself as “a political accident,” but engendered widespread support across the political spectrum thanks to a warm personality, a candid, outspoken style and an infectious sense of humor. He never met a stranger and worked every room with a firm handshake and self-deprecating jokes.

Andrus is survived by his wife Carol – they were married in 1949 – and by daughters Tana, Tracy and Kelly and grandchildren Monica, Morgan and Andrew and great granddaughter Casey.

Funeral arrangements, which will be private, are planned for Wednesday, Aug. 30 in Boise. A public lying-in-state ceremony will follow at noon on Aug. 30 in the Idaho Capitol rotunda and continue until noon on Aug. 31. A public memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 in the Jordan Ballroom in the Boise State University Student Union.

In lieu of flowers, the Andrus family suggests memorial gifts to the Cecil D. Andrus Center Chair for Environment and Public Lands (Fund ID: SE009). Visit or or make checks ​payable to “Cecil D. Andrus Chair” and mail to: Boise State University Foundation, Cecil D. Andrus Chair (SE009), 1173 W. University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83725

The family warmly thanks each and every individual who has sent cards, letters and flowers and wishes it were possible to personally acknowledge each expression of concern and caring. Please know that your well wishes have meant so much to the entire family as they attempt to deal with the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.”

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Director Of Andrus Center For Public Policy Remembers Late Idaho Governor

Dr. John Freemuth says “knowing his boss and friend was an ongoing education”.

Original Source: Boise State Update 8/25/17, Boise Public Radio 8/25/17

John Freemuth’s publication was referenced in a Science Magazine

Portrait of John FreemuthJohn Freemuth’s 1991 publication, Islands Under Siege: National Parks and the Politics of External Threats, was referenced in a Science Magazine book critique titled “Another plea to protect America’s parks publishes in September. Will this one resonate?”You can read the article here:

Original Source: Boise State Update 8/24/17, Science AAAS 8/23/17