Public Affairs Report
John Freemuth is quoted in a VOA article in regards to the “Armed protesters [who] continue to occupy a U.S. national wildlife refuge in the western state of Oregon”. Protesters argue that federal officials have mistreated local ranchers. Freemuth comments that “there has been a change in public values about wildlife protection and public lands”. Read the full article Read Protesters Copy Ways of Extremists Against US here.
Original Sources: VOA, Protesters Copy Ways of Extremists Against US, 1/11/16
Professor John Freemuth’s article titled “The twisted roots of U.S. land policy in the West” was published by The Conversation. In it he discusses the utility of land, creation of the BLM and conflicting views. Read The twisted roots of U.S. land policy in the West here.
Original Source: The Update, John Freemuth (95) 1/11/16,
The Conversation, 1/8/16
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has granted The Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University a five-year, $100,000 per year cooperative agreement grant. “The objective of the grant is to bring together federal, state, tribal and local interests along with other stakeholders to develop strategies to reduce the size, severity and cost of rangeland wildfires” Read BLM Grant to Assist with Western Wildfire Strategies in Update.
Original Source: BLM Grant to Assist with Western Wildfire Strategies, Campus Update, 12/8/2015 Idaho Statesman, 12/10/2015
Boise State University has received two Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit (CESU) grants to enhance the USGS Gap Analysis Program and Protected Area Database (PAD-US) contributions to federal land management. John Freemuth and Lisa Duarte are the principal investigators on the projects.
Original Source: Two New Grants Focus on Federal Land Management, The Update, 12/01/2015
Geoff Black and David Solan, along with researchers from the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, were recently granted a research award from NuScale Power to analyze the economic viability of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs).
Original Source: Geoff Black and David Solan The Update, 12/01/2015
Scott Lee, a visiting Assistant Professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration, published an article titled “From CIEDRA to Wilderness: An unsuccessful attempt at collaboration in the Boulder-White Clouds” in The Blue Review. The article opens up with a dispute about outdoor activities; Can hunting and fishing coexist with 4-wheeling and motorcycling? Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson’s nine-year push is to bring environmentalists, local county officials, recreationalists and ranchers to the table to create a road map for current and future public uses in the Boulder White-Clouds area. Read From CIEDRA to Wilderness: An unsuccessful attempt at collaboration in the Boulder-White Clouds here.
Original Sources: Scott Lee, The Update, 11/17/15,
From CIEDRA to Wilderness: An unsuccessful attempt at collaboration in the Boulder-White Clouds,The Blue Review
Ahsahta Press’s October releases have cracked into Small Press Distribution’s top 20 best seller list, with “The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven,” by Brian Teare at No. 4 and 2014’s “Beast Feast” by Cody-Rose Clevidence at No. 14. To learn more about the poetry books and top 20 list, click here.
Original Source: University-Based Ahsahta Press Tops Poetry Best-Seller List. Boise State News Update, 11/12/2015
This Friday, November 13th, a workshop on community resilience is being offered at the Ada Country Emergency Operations Center to anyone who would like to participate. In order to partake in the event, early registration is required.
Original Source: Boise State News Update, Workshop Prepares for Resilience Following Natural Disasters, 11/9/2015
Boise State biology student Joe Schull along with Wild Lens Inc. set out in the Gulf of Cortez to document one of the rarest mammals of the ocean, the vaquita. To learn more about the journey, click here.
Original source: Plight of the Vaquita Boise State News Update, 11/4/2015
John Freemuth, a professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story titled “Control of federal lands emerges as an issue in the GOP presidential race”. Lawmakers argue that 50 percent of the land in the West is owned by Federal government and control of that land should be transferred to the states. Read Control of federal lands emerges as an issue in the GOP presidential race here.
Original Sources: Control of federal lands emerges as an issue in the GOP presidential race Los Angeles Times, 10/28/2015,
Update, John Freemuth, Published 9:42 a.m. October 28, 2015, 10/28/2015