Friday, October, 11
Opening Plenary: Public Lands at a Crossroads
9:00 am - 10:45 am
Grand Ballroom, CSU's Lory Student Center

Speakers

  • Mayor Wade Troxell (Opening Remarks) City of Fort Collins
  • Juliet Eilperin (Moderator) Senior National Affairs Correspondent, The Washington Post
  • Whit Fosburgh (Speaker) TRCP
  • John Freemuth (Speaker) Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Cecil Andrus Endowed Chair of Environment and Public Lands, Boise State University
  • Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Speaker) Lecturer, American Indian Studies, California State University San Marcos
  • Shea Loper (Speaker) Director, U.S. Government Relations, Encana Corporation
  • William Perry Pendley (Speaker) Deputy Director, Policy and Programs, Bureau of Land Management, exercising authority of BLM director

Description

The U.S. has a long and storied history of land conservation, which has created a network of public lands now managed in different ways. Since Europeans arrived, these lands have been fought over between those looking to preserve them and those hoping to open them up to development. These public lands now face threats from climate change, including drought and wildfire, along with budget and staff cuts. Recreational impacts, along with drilling and mining, are on the rise. Tribal officials are demanding a greater voice in federal decision-making, and Trump administration officials are scaling back regulations. What does the future hold for America's public lands?

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