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Check out Terry Rich’s article “on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the August issue of Birdwatching. This is not a fluff piece, like most being written on the MBTA this summer, but points out what USFWS can do to make it much more effective.”

Migratory Bird Treaty Act is now live!  “Of the first magnitude” article published in the BirdWatching magazine, August 2016

Originating source: Posted on the “Boise State University PPA Student Group” Facebook site, posted by Amy Ferriter from Terry Rich’s site, 7/1/16 | BirdWatching magazine, August 2016, 9/27/16

John Freemuth – Quoted in The Idaho Statesman

John Freemuth- Portrait Land transfer surveys in Idaho need nuanced approach

John Freemuth is professor of public policy and senior fellow at the Cecil Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State. Justin Vaughn is associate professor of political science and helped lead the public policy survey team.

Read the article “Land transfer surveys in Idaho need nuanced approach” here.

John Freemuth was quoted in The Conversation

John Freemuth Portrait “John Freemuth, senior fellow of the Cecil Andrus Center for Public Policy, penned an in-depth analysis of the national Antiquities Act for The Conversation. The piece is part of a series on the national park system. The article, titled “How the Antiquities Acts has expanded the national park system and fueled struggles over land protection,” looks at why the act was created during Theodore Roosevelt’s administration, how it has been enacted over the years, and why so many citizens have fought for and against it. Read Freemuth’s full article here.”

Original Source: The Boise State UPDATE | AP The Big Story | The Conversation – June 7, 2016

John Freemuth Quoted in High Country News

Photo-Freemuth,JohnJohn Freemuth was quoted in a story in the High Country News titled “How the BLM is overhauling land-use planning.” He notes that while involving residents in the land-use planning process is praiseworthy, given the intensity of current struggles over the use of public lands, it’s important that managers be well trained or “the whole thing can still fall apart.”

Ph.D. Student Vanessa Fry Addresses Social Change with Big Data

Vanessa Fry, assistant director of the Public Policy Research Center, and Kimberly Gardner, a graduate assistant with the center, attended the inaugural All Hands Meeting of the West Big Data Innovation Hub (WBDIH) in early May. Steve Cutchin, associate professor of computer science at Boise State, also attend the meeting. The gathering brought together data enthusiasts looking to share resources, launch collaborations and strengthen the big data community. Participants included the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The White House, local and state government, industry, nonprofits and academia.

The WBDIH is one of four regional hubs funded by the National Science Foundation to address societal challenges through big data innovation. The hub strives to build public/private partnerships with academia, industry, government and nonprofits throughout our region.

John Freemuth Involved in BLM Planning Proposal

Photo-Freemuth,JohnJohn Freemuth was among a group of national scholars who study public lands who provided comment on the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed planning rules. The group called for regulations that better implement federal requirements giving priority to Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) and offers specific suggestions for improvement.

Suggestions include:

  • Requiring that the new “planning assessment” process be carried out at the landscape level.
  • Strengthening provisions for monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management.
  • Clarifying the public’s opportunity to nominate new ACECs between planning cycles.

Freemuth Book Published

John FreemuthA book written by John Freemuth, Boise State University, and Zachary A. Smith, Northern Arizona University, has been published by University of Colorado Press and Utah State University Press. “Environmental Politics and Policy in the West: Third Edition” brings together top scholars to discuss key issues in Western policy. This latest edition was updated to cover changing developments in areas of concern to Westerners, including climate change, land management, science controversies, water and river restoration, tribal issues, endangered species management, renewable energy and more.

Read more here at

Alumni In Action: Scott Martin

Scott Martin

Photo by William Deshazer, Louisville Business First

Scott Martin, parks director for The Parklands of Floyds Fork, a 4,000 acre urban park in Louisville, Kentucky, credits his time at Boise State and in Idaho for helping him discover the importance of parks for economic development and growth, along with helping his develop his outlook on life. Martin earned his bachelor of political science and master of public administration degrees from Boise State.

“I saw I could make a real difference in both local government and the community by working in parks,” he said. “I went to work with the Boise Parks and Recreation Department, and we did some really neat projects out there in terms of open-space preservation, green belt land use, things like that.”

Article at Louisville Business First.

PhD Student in Action: Kathy Hurley

Kathy Hurley, Accounting, studio portrait

Kathy Hurley received word from the IRS that her spring ACCT 485 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) completed the most tax returns and assisted the most clients of any site in the region. Through this one credit course in the College of Business and Economics, Hurley’s 14 students and three volunteers prepared tax returns for low-income individuals and households.

Read More about VITA and ACCT 485 here

Alumni in Action: June Shoemaker

MPA Almuni June Shoemaker has been selected as BLM Idaho’s Deputy State Director for Resource Services. Currently, June is on detail as Liaison to ASLM.  For the past two years June has served as the Deputy State director for Resources and Planning in BLM’s Arizona State Office. She has experience as the Branch Chief for Renewable Resources and Planning in Arizona, and held field manager and district manager positions in the Spokane District. June’s experience in Idaho includes working for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho. She also completed a detail as the Twin Falls District Manager in 2014. She will be returning to Boise this summer for her new position as BLM Idaho’s Deputy State Director for Resource Services.