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John Freemuth was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle

Seniors snap up US national park passes before price hike
John Freemuth, a Boise State University environmental policy professor and public lands expert, has one of the senior passes and said the bump to …

Original source: San Francisco Chronicle, 8/3/17

John Freemuth led a team that helped create a new mapping tool

Portrait of John Freemuth“A Boise State team led by John Freemuth, and funded by a USGS grant, helped create a new tool mapping public lands and other protected areas in the U.S. The Protected Areas Database of the United States contains more than 3 billion public land and marine acres managed by nearly 15,100 agencies and nongovernmental organizations, covering 200,000 separate parks and protected areas.”
Original source: Boise State UPDATE, 8/2/17

MPA students, Ana Costa and Nish Kamble, provide conference research support in July 2017

Where in the World? Kenya

Kenyan students

Students in Kenya with Brian Wampler, third from left.

“Political science professor Brian Wampler organized and led a two-day international workshop, held in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was held July 13-14 and included participants from 10 countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Brazil, the United States and England. Making All Voices Count, an international development project led by the University of Sussex, supported the conference.

The conference focused on donor-involved countries where local governments are implementing new forms of citizen participation venues.

Wampler collaborated with Michael Touchton of the University of Miami. Research support at Boise State was provided by Melanie Fillmore, a master’s student in political science, and Ana Costa and Nish Kamble, both master’s students in public policy and administration. In addition, Annika Galliani and Maria Tellez with the School of Public Service provided excellent support to ensure that the workshop went well.”

Original source: Boise State UPDATE, 7/20/17

John Freemuth was quoted on Boise State Public Radio

“Craters Of The Moon No Longer Up For Review By Trump Administration”
John Freemuth says “the decision to halt the review is not surprising. He says Craters was never” …

Original Source: Boise State Public Radio, 7/14/17

John Freemuth recently was quoted in an article in The Hill

Portrait of John Freemuth

John Freemuth recently was quoted in an article in The Hill titled “Companies push Trump to outsource work in national parks.”

While Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke seems willing to hand concessionary control of national parks to private agencies, arguing that it would help cut down the parks budget, others warn that this is the first step towards privatizing public parks, and having employees of private companies interact with park-goers would hurt the park experience:

“This is the face of our public land agencies and the people on the front lines,” said Freemuth, who studies public lands issues and once worked as a park ranger. “We’re decoupling what people’s experiences are with their public land managers when we start contracting all this out.”

Read the entire article here: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/340181-hospitality-industry-pushes-trump-for-bigger-role-in-national-parks

Freemuth also was quoted in a Boise State Public Radio article titled “Idaho Congressman Reintroduces Bill To End Forest Service Policy Of ‘Fire Borrowing,’” which details Congressman Mike Simpson’s plan to pay for wildfires in a new, more sustainable way. Currently, with the cost of wildfires ballooning each year, the Forest Service is forced to raid other parts of its budget to cover firefighting costs – a tactic called “fire borrowing.” Freemuth and others note that the practice is unsustainable in the long run.

Boise National Forest / US Forest Service

Read the article here: http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-congressman-reintroduces-bill-end-forest-service-policy-fire-borrowing#stream/0

Original source: Boise State UPDATE, 7/5/17; Boise State Public Radio, 7/5/17; Normangee Star, 7/7/17

John Freemuth Referenced in Article

John Freemuth, PhD

John Freemuth recently was referenced in an opinion piece from Boston University titled “Public Land Transfer is a Bad Deal for Western Communities.”

The author uses Freemuth’s explanation that “in many cases it’s more profitable for both federal agencies and private entities to lease land than to sell. In 2014 the federal government made more than $13 billion by renting out public land to oil, gas, and coal companies for less than $5 an acre,” as one of her arguments against selling off federal land or transferring it to state control.

You can read the entire piece here: http://bunewsservice.com/opinion-public-land-transfer-is-a-bad-deal-for-western-communities/

John Freemuth was referenced in an opinion piece from Boston University

Portrait of John Freemuth

John Freemuth recently was referenced in an opinion piece from Boston University titled “Public Land Transfer is a Bad Deal for Western Communities.”

The author uses Freemuth’s explanation that “in many cases it’s more profitable for both federal agencies and private entities to lease land than to sell. In 2014 the federal government made more than $13 billion by renting out public land to oil, gas, and coal companies for less than $5 an acre,” as one of her arguments against selling off federal land or transferring it to state control.

You can read the entire piece here: http://bunewsservice.com/opinion-public-land-transfer-is-a-bad-deal-for-western-communities/

Original Source: Boise State UPDATE, 6/28/17

PHD in PPA Student, Vanessa Crossgrove Fry, was invited to keynote Working Women’s Lunch

Vanessa fry portraitVanessa Crossgrove Fry was invited to keynote the Working Women’s Lunch at the 2017 Idaho AFL-CIO annual convention in Lewiston. Fry’s talk to the 100-plus delegates and guests focused on the gender pay gap. She discussed how collective bargaining is gender blind and therefore decreases pay disparity between men and women. She also discussed how women in unionized positions earn more than their counterparts in similar, non-unionized positions.

Originating source: Boise State UPDATE, 6/26/17

 

Greg Hill Presents at AIC Conference

Greg Hill Greg Hill, director of Boise State University’s Idaho Policy Institute, presented at the 2017 Association of Idaho Cities annual conference. Hill shared current research being conducted at the institute and also spoke about how cities can engage with the institute for research, technical assistance, and leadership development.

Launched in 2016, the Idaho Policy Institute provides objective research and analysis to aid in informed decision making and engage the public. To date, the Institute has engaged in over 20 projects across the state of Idaho on issues such as economic development, transportation, housing, and public defense

Originating source: Boise State Update, 6/26/17

MPA Student, Ana Costa, conducted research in Brazil

Brian Wampler poses with a grad student in Brazil

Brian Wampler, left, and grad student Ana Costa, right, pose with a contact in Brazil.

“Brian Wampler, a political science professor at Boise State, spent three weeks in northeast Brazil, conducting interviews for an ongoing book project. The work was done with the support of master’s of public administration student Ana Costa and former Boise State professor Mike Touchton, who is currently an assistant professor at the University of Miami.

While in Brazil, Wampler and his team analyzed how local democracies influence human development and social well being, in order to better understand how democratic practices affect the quality of people’s lives.

“Our research demonstrates how democratic practices influence social well-being,” Wampler said. “The basic argument is that public policies work better when citizens are engaged in designing policies as well as monitoring impact. Our research demonstrates how democratic participation, robust social policy protection and state capacity interact to improve people’s lives.”

Costa was responsible for first developing a bibliography of three case studies – or three municipalities – in Brazil. She then wrote up case studies of each municipality. Once in Brazil, Costa identified interview candidates and set up interviews, as well as helped conduct interviews with more than 45 people (roughly 15 people per city).

While in Brazil, Wampler also was involved in hosting an academic conference at the Federal University of Espirito Santo, located in Vitoria, Brazil. Wampler participated on three panels and was part of the conference’s closing panel. In addition, Wampler and Touchton gave a joint talk at the Joaquin Nabouco Foundation, which is a federal think-tank in Recife.”

Quoted original source: Boise State UPDATE, 6/20/17