VIDEO: Session 4: Modern Challenges and Modern Solutions, and Session 5: The Future of our Public Lands

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date




2:50 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

SESSION 4: Modern Challenges and Modern Solutions

Moderator and Commentator: Mark Squillace, University of Colorado School of Law


Dave Theobald, Conservation Science Partners

Nada Culver, The Wilderness Society

Bret Birdsong, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Law

4:10 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.

SESSION 5: The Future of our Public Lands


John D. Leshy, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Linda Lance, Bureau of Land Management (Invited)

Mike Dombeck, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point


Mark Squillace

Streaming Media


Modern Challenges and Modern Solutions

The BLM faces many recurring challenges. On the land use planning side, the BLM is struggling to incorporate landscape-level planning and adaptive management into its program in the face of serious resource constraints. Challenges to the BLM’s management authority abound as shown by the Cliven Bundy incident, the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff, the state supremacy movement, and the long-standing fight over R.S. 2477 roads. On the other hand, cooperative efforts to protect the greater sage grouse suggest that interested parties can still work together to resolve difficult problems. This panel considers these multiple challenges and the hopeful signs that people can come together to address the myriad problems that face our public lands.

The Future of our Public Lands

This wrap-up panel will consider how FLPMA might look in the short term - during the next presidential administration, and what we might expect going forward over the next 40 years.