The Seventh Annual Clyde O. Martz Winter Symposium will probe a provocative set of questions about the past and future of one third of our nation’s lands. Challenges to be addressed include: Are current public land laws and management regimes sufficient to tackle the overwhelming problem of climate change? Do the public lands serve all of the public, including historically marginalized groups? Should public lands management be integrated into the broader ecological, economic, and social fabric? How should public land managers address changing visitation and access patterns in the age of the internet and social media? Our panelists come from diverse backgrounds, professions, and points of view, and they will address these questions in visionary and practical ways. The conference is for all who enjoy our public lands as well as those who want to learn more about them.
The Symposium opened Thursday evening with a look at natural resources challenges at the State level, including the future of oil and gas regulations and western water issues.
On Friday, we turned to federal issues. As the Trump administration enters the second half of the President’s term in office, the time is ripe for an exploration of the past, present, and future of public lands law. The administration’s management of public lands has become a flashpoint for many of the controversies of our day. These efforts intersect with numerous policies and an array of legal issues – from the constitutional authority of the President – to regulatory design. We are joined by scholars, former political appointees, and practitioners across a range of specialties to address these issues in a manner that has broad practical import for policymakers, litigators, the outdoor recreation industry, and those who enjoy our public lands. In her keynote address, former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will speak about the current state of public lands management.
The Getches-Wilkinson Center is hosted the 2019 Martz Winter Symposium in collaboration with the Colorado Law Review and the Colorado Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Review. It is our hope that these dialogues and the forthcoming law review articles will generate solutions that can be implemented by practitioners on the ground and will inform future lawyers entering the field.
Day One Video: Armchair Discussion with Dan Gibbs, Director-Colorado Department of Natural Resource
Day Two Video: The Changing Landscape of Public Lands