The Future of Federal Public Lands

In light of the political and public interest in federal public land and resources, and in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the last Public Land Law Review Commission (1970), the Center (under the leadership of Matthew McKinney) is working with the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment and the Consensus Building Institute to identify the most salient changes that have occurred over the past 50-years; examine what is/is not working with respect law, policy, and governance; and explore options on how to improve federal land and resources management. We started by inviting several recognized experts on federal public land law, policy, and governance to an exploratory workshop in April 2015, and are now in the process of completing interviews with another 35-40 people to gather additional insights and advice.