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President Kustra to Moderate Politics of Protected Areas Forum

By: Brady W Moore   Published 12:35 pm / September 2, 2017

Boise State University President Bob Kustra will moderate a forum presented by the Idaho Environmental Forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational association, from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in the Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel.

The forum, titled “The Politics of Protected Areas: National Parks, Monuments, and Wilderness,” will focus on the politics of monuments such as Craters of the Moon and Bears Ears, as well as other protected areas such as national parks and wilderness. The speakers will discuss challenges and opportunities related to federally protected areas, including the role of the American people and how they interpret and engage with these places.

“The passing of Cecil Andrus and the celebration of his public lands legacy illustrate the importance of our national parks monuments wilderness and protected areas. Some of these lands appear to many to be under assault today; this forum will explore their status and the issues surrounding them,” said John Freemuth, a Boise State professor of environmental policy and executive director of the Cecil D. Andrus Center for Public Policy.

In addition to Freemuth, the forum will feature University of Illinois professor of political science Robert Pahre and Idaho Conservation League executive director Rick Johnson.

Learn more and register to attend on the Idaho Environmental Forum website.