VIDEO: Session 5, Part 4: The Moral and Ethical Dimensions of Decision-making on Public Lands: National Monuments and Beyond

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



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



8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

SESSION 5, PART 4: Wildlife and Recreational Resources on the Public Lands

Public Lands: National Monuments and Beyond

Second Thoughts about the Antiquities Act: Does the Process for Public Land Decisionmaking have an Ethical Dimension?; Speaker: Jim Rasband, Dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)

Commentator: Mark Squillace, Director, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado Law School


Mark Squillace

Streaming Media


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.