VIDEO: Session 3, Part 3: Mining and Mineral Development on the Public Lands (Chapter 7 of the Commission Report)

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Martz Summer Conference (2nd: 2010: Boulder, Colo.)



10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

SESSION 3, PART 3: Extractive Resources

Mining and Mineral Development on the Public Lands (Chapter 7 of the Commission Report)

Reviewer, Moderator, & Commentator: Clay Parr, Partner, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless (Salt Lake City, UT)


Roger Flynn, founding Director of the Western Mining Action Project (Lyons, CO) and Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado Law School

Paul Smyth, Associate Solicitor, Energy and Resources, U.S. Department of the Interior

David Bernhardt, Partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (Washington, DC) and former Solicitor for U.S. Department of the Interior


Clay Parr

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In 1964 Congress established the Public Land Law Review Commission to review the public land laws of the United States and to determine whether revisions were necessary. The Commission was comprised of six members appointed by the President, six by the U.S. Senate and six by the U.S. House. Congressman Wayne Aspinall of Colorado served as chair. In 1970, the Commission issued its report - One Third of Our Nation's Lands. This influential report became a blueprint for much future public lands legislation including, most notably, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the National Forest Management Act.

As we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this seminal document, it is time to reflect on the need for a new Commission and a new report to address the challenges for our public lands in the 21st century. The NRLC's 2010 Martz summer conference will offer a venue to consider this important idea.