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Wilderness Act at 50 Materials

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Friday for our Wilderness Act at 50 symposium. Powerpoint presentations can be found below. The final papers published in Environmental Law, can be found online here.

Recordings of the proceedings can be found here:

Session 1, 8:15am-12:50pm

Session 2, 1:45pm-4:50pm

Special thanks to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation for sponsorship support.


8:25 a.m. - 8:30 a.m Welcome and Introduction - Associate Dean and Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, Janice Weis

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.        Panel No. 1 – Associate Dean, Janice Weis, moderator                                        

Federal Land Management Agency Panel: “Wilderness Stewardship:  The Challenges and Realities.”                       

Nancy Roeper - National Wilderness Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wilderness - USFWS/powerpoint presentation
Garry Oye - Chief of Wilderness Stewardship Division, National Park Service

Wilderness- National Park Service/powerpoint presentation

Lisa Machnik- Wilderness/Wild and Scenic Rivers Program Manager, U.S. Forest Service  

Wilderness- US Forest Service/powerpoint presentation

Christopher Barns - Wilderness Specialist, BLM National Landscape Conservation System; BLM Rep., Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center

Wilderness - Bureau of Land Management/powerpoint presentation

Sarah Gerould - Chief of Staff, Ecosystems Mission Area, U.S. Geological Survey

Wilderness - USGS/powerpoint presentation

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.          Break

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.        Panel No. 2 – Prof. Melissa Powers, Lewis & Clark law, moderator

NEPA and Wilderness - Prof. Michael C. Blumm, Lewis & Clark Law

Prof. Blumm - NEPA and Wilderness/powerpoint presentation

The Underappreciated Role of the National Environmental Policy Act in Wilderness Designation and Management

Wilderness on Multiple Use Lands -  Prof. Robert Glicksman, George Washington Law

Prof. Glicksman - Why The Forest Service and the BLM Have Different Wilderness Management Histories/ powerpoint presentation

Wilderness Management by the Multiple Use Agencies: What Makes the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management Different? 

Wilderness on Dominant Use Lands - Prof. Sandi Zellmer, U. of Nebraska Law

Prof. Zellmer - Wilderness in Parks and Refuges / powerpoint presentation

Wilderness Management in National Parks and Wildlife Refuges 

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.       Panel No. 3 – Prof. Mike Blumm, moderator

Wilderness Water - Prof. Bret Birdsong, UNLV Law; Deputy Solicitor, U.S. Dept of Interior

Prof. Birdsong - Wilderness Water Rights: A tragedy in thee acts / powerpoint presentation

Wilderness Grazing - Prof. Mark Squillace, U. of Colorado Law

Prof. Squillace - Grazing in Wilderness / powerpoint presentation

                     Tribute to Joe Feller - Mark Squillace & Peter Appel

Mark Squillace - tribute to Joe Feller Mark Squillace - tribute to Joe Feller








12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch - Student Lounge

Tribute to Justice Douglas - John Concillo, Producer and Writer: “Liberty & Wilderness” William O. Douglas Film Project

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.          Panel No. 4 - Prof. Erin Ryan, Lewis & Clark Law, moderator

Wilderness Exceptions - Prof. John Nagle, U. of Notre Dame Law

Prof. John Nagle - Wilderness Exceptions / powerpoint presentation

Wilderness Exceptions 

Wilderness and Climate Change - Prof. Eric Biber & Elisabeth Long (3L), UC Berkeley Law

The Wilderness Act and Climate Change Adaptation

Wilderness and Cultural Change - Prof. Eric Freyfogle, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.          Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.       Panel No. 5 - Prof. Tom Buchele, Lewis & Clark Law, moderator

Future of Legal Wilderness - Prof. John Leshy, UC Hastings Law

 Legal Wilderness: Its Past and Some Speculations on its Future 

Future of Wilderness Management - Prof. Peter Appel, U. of Georgia

Prof. Peter Appel - The Future of Wilderness Management

Wilderness Litigation – Peter Frost, Western Environmental Law Center

Peter Frost - Wilderness Litigation / powerpoint presentation

 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.          Reception- Student Lounge

Additional materials:

Wilderness Act of 1964

Professor Mike Blumm- Guest Editorial Oregonian

Obama’s Wilderness Legacy Remains Uncertain: by Juliet Eilperin, Published in Washington Post: June 10, 2012


How Republicans are Using National Monuments to Fight President Obama: Washington Post blog; by Ed O’Keefe and Juliet Eilperin