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The Politics of Protected Areas: National Parks, Monuments, and Wilderness

September 14, 2017
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
The Riverside Hotel
Sapphire Room
2900 W. Chinden Blvd
Boise, ID

Guest Speakers are University of Illinois Professor of Political Science Robert Pahre, Boise State University Professor and Executive Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy John Freemuth, and Idaho Conservation League Executive Director Rick Johnson.

Although always contentious and fragile, the politics of protected lands in the United States have become more fraught and uncertain since the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. Three months into his presidency, Trump issued an executive order that tasked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke with reviewing all Antiquities Act designations from the past two decades. In the months since, nearly 1.5 million Americans have weighed in through public comment. As Zinke’s recommendations roll in, Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Monument appears to have emerged unscathed, while Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument may see its borders significantly scaled back. From Trump’s order to Zinke’s review process to the public response, this episode underscores the perennially contested state of federal land preservation and use.

This panel will discuss the politics of monuments such as Craters of the Moon and Bears Ears, as well as other protected areas such as national parks and wilderness. Moderated by Boise State University President Bob Kustra, this panel features University of Illinois Professor of Political Science Robert Pahre, Boise State University Professor and Executive Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy John Freemuth, and Idaho Conservation League Executive Director Rick Johnson. They will discuss challenges and opportunities related to federally protected areas, including the role of the American people, and how they interpret and engage these places.

Moderator: Boise State University President Bob Kustra

Forum Chair: Marie Kellner

 

Registration Deadline - Tuesday, September 12th at 12:00 pm

 

 

September 14, 2017

The Politics of Protected Areas: National Parks, Monuments, and Wilderness

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