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Agency Reorganization and the Environment: Why You Should Care

September 20, 2019
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
The Crystal Ballroom
Hoff Building
802 w. Bannock
Boise, ID

Guest Speakers:

John Freemuth, Professor of Public Policy, Boise State University

Jim Caswell, Chair of the National Association of Forest Service Retirees

While much attention is paid to environmental policy (e.g., Congress enacting laws or government agencies promulgating rules), it is the execution of those policies that has important real-world effects. And how government agencies are organized has much to do with how work gets done, activities regulated, and the environment protected.

Congress and the current federal Administration are wrestling with a proposal to move the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the western states, spreading Washington, D.C. employees to different locations, and placing the official BLM headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado. Join IEF for an important and timely program featuring two seasoned observers of natural resource policy and implementation:

  • John Freemuth is a Professor of Public Policy, Boise State University. His primary academic interest is with the public lands of the United States. He serves as the Cecil Andrus Endowed Chair of Environment and Public Lands at Boise State, and is a former board member of Idaho Environmental Forum.
  • Jim Caswell served as Director of BLM in Washington, D.C. from 2007-2009, the final two years of the George W. Bush Administration. Prior to that service he was Administrator of the Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation from 2000-2007, which followed a distinguished career in the U.S. Forest Service where he held numerous positions including Supervisor of the Clearwater National Forest in northern Idaho and the Targhee National Forest in eastern Idaho. He is Chair of the National Association of Forest Service Retirees.

John and Jim will provide their perspectives on current and past reorganization efforts (this has been tried before!), and John will report from his appearance as a witness at a September 10 hearing in Washington, D.C. where the House Committee on Natural Resources reviewed the proposed reorganization and proposed move of the BLM headquarters to Colorado.

Forum Chair and Moderator - Andy Brunelle

 

Registration Deadline - Wednesday, September 18th at 12:00 pm

 

 

September 20, 2019

Agency Reorganization and the Environment: Why You Should Care

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