2020 Ruth Wright Distinguished Lecture in Natural Resources

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Date(s) - 02/27/2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Wolf Law (Wittemeyer Courtroom)


Public Land Policy after the Trump Administration: Is This a Turning Point?

Professor John Leshy
Harry D. Sunderland and Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
University of California Hastings, College of Law
Solicitor, Department of the Interior, 1993-2001

Thursday, February 27th
5:30 p.m.
Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom

Since the Civil War, a strong, bipartisan consensus has developed in support of the national government’s owning large amounts of land. Over the last half-century, that consensus has favored managing more and more of these lands primarily for inspiration, education, human-powered recreation, and environmental conservation.

The Trump Administration has moved aggressively to open previously protected public lands to fossil fuel and other forms of intensive development and to roll back protections in a host of other ways, including starving and shrinking the agencies that manage these lands.

Is this the harbinger of a fundamental change in the trajectory of public land policy, or is it an aberration? Professor Leshy will be drawing upon material from his much-anticipated book, forthcoming from Yale University Press, with the working title Our Common Ground: A History of America’s Public Lands.

Thursday, February 27th
5:30 p.m.
Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend.

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