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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

“Fish & Wildlife Management on Federal Lands: Debunking State Supremacy”: Professor Martin Nie

Date: 12:10pm - 1:10pm PDT October 4, 2018 Location: Legal Research Center, Room 5

  • University of Montana

Legal Research Center, Room 5

Can the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say no to the State of Alaska’s demand that predators on federal lands be taken by methods such as harvesting grizzly bears over bait, taking wolves and coyotes during denning seasons, and shooting bears from aircraft, among other controversial practices?

Can the U.S. Forest Service say no to the State of Utah’s introduction of non-native mountain goats to the Manti-La Sal National Forest? Can the agency prohibit the use of lead ammunition that is endangering wildlife? Can the Bureau of Land Management say no to a predator hunting derby contest on public lands in Idaho?

Professor Martin Nie will discuss these and other controversial cases in his talk on October 4th . His co-written article on the topic, published by Environmental Law in 2017, reviews the authority of federal and state governments to manage wildlife on federal lands and debunks the myth that “the states manage wildlife and federal land agencies only manage wildlife habitat.” Issues pertaining to ownership, the public trust, federalism, state wildlife governance, and recent developments in federal land law and politics will be discussed along the way.

Martin Nie is Director of the Bolle Center for People and Forests and Professor of Natural Resources Policy in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. His research and writing is available here ( and here (

Event Contact

Kelly Novahom
Program Coordinator
Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program
Lewis and Clark Law School

(503) 768-6784