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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.


John Freemuth Quoted by Las Vegas Sun

John Freemuth was quoted in an Associated Press story published by the Las Vegas Sun about the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s agreement to restore information about grazing allotments not meeting rangeland health standards in 13 western states. Freemuth said that while the agency is undoubtedly understaffed, “if they’re going to stop doing something people rely on, they ought to have a statement about why they are doing that. In this climate — the public land climate — it leads to suspicion.”

Original Source: John Freemuth (105),The Update,  4/19/2016
Feds to restore grazing allotment health stats in reports, Las Vegas Sun, 4/19/2016

MPA Alumni in Action: Jayson Ronk

MPA Alumni, Jayson Ronk, has been named one of the 2016 Idaho Business Review Accomplished Under 40 recipients. The public is invited to celebrate with this year’s honorees at a reception and awards event on June 23 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Western Aircraft Hangar at the Boise Airport.

Original Source: Idaho Business Review, 4/15/2016

2016 Urban Affairs Association Conference

Vanessa Fry, Assistant Director of the Public Policy Vanessa-Fry-PhotoResearch Center and Public Policy and Administration PhD student, recently attended the 2016 Urban Affairs Association Conference held in San Diego, California. Vanessa Fry was joined by Carl Anderson, a research center graduate assistant and community and regional planning master’s student, and Sally Sargeant, a research center graduate assistant and political science master’s student.

Original Source: Vanessa Fry The Update, 4/14/2016

Dr. John Freemuth Takes the Spotlight

Dr. John Freemuth was quoted in both a KBOI Channel 2 news story about growing suspicion and factions in the Republican Party, and a KIVI Channel 6 report titled “Contryversy at Owyhee Canyonlands” about continuing tensions between federal government and local ranchers in the Canyonlands.

Original Sources: The Update, 4/5/2016

MPA Alumni in Action: Jerri Henry

Jerri Henry, an MPA graduate, is quoted in an article titled Jerri Henry“Like Flint, Idaho knows lead poisoning” published by the Idaho Statesman. As the women in charge of the drinking water program for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Jerri Henry asked herself “Are we doing enough?” after seeing what happened in Flint. Read Like Flint, Idaho knows lead poisoning  here.

Original Sources:Like Flint, Idaho knows lead poisoning, Idaho Statesman, 4/2/16