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Public Land Law Conference - Sept 14-16, Missoula, MT

Posted by nationalforestlawblog on September 2, 2011 at 3:40 PM

‘Strengthening Our Roots: Forest Law & Policy in a Changing World’


Esteemed law professor Charles Wilkinson and experts from throughout U.S. converge at UM to discuss forest policy at two-day conference


Missoula, MT, Aug. 27, 2011 – The Public Land & Resources Law Review at the University of Montana School of Law is proud to announce the 34th Public Land Law Conference slated for September 14-16, 2011 at the University of Montana University Center. This year’s conference is entitled: Strengthening Our Roots: Forest Law & Policy in a Changing World and will focus on emerging issues in forest law and policy.


More than two dozen of the most renowned forest law and policy experts from throughout the United States will be on hand to discuss forest issues including the history of forest regulation, new planning rules, Native American use rights, collaborative forest conservation, forest law and the media, climate change, and the economy. Featured experts include: Charles Wilkinson, Professor of Law at the University of Colorado; Jack Ward Thomas, former Chief of the Forest Service; William Rodgers, Professor of Law at the University of Washington; and Jane Cottrell, Region One Deputy Forest Supervisor.


“We are thrilled about this conference line-up,” said co-conference editor Matt Pugh. “Many believe it is the best gathering of experts ever featured at this conference.” Co-conference editor Dave Whisenand agreed, and said anyone interested in forest policy is in for a treat. “If you live anywhere close to Missoula, and you have any interest in forest management, it is worth your drive,” Whisenand said. “The conference is free and open to the public, which is a bargain when you consider the caliber of individuals who will be involved in this year’s panels.”


The conference kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. with a keynote address by Wilkinson in the University Center Theater. Wilkinson has authored 13 books, including the standard law texts in public land law and Indian Law. His most recent book, The People Are Dancing Again: The Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon, will be available for sale at the event, and Wilkinson will be available to sign copies of the book. The panel discussions kick off Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8 a.m., run all day, and conclude at noon on Friday, Sept. 16. Please see the attached schedule for information about individual panels on Thursday and Friday.


For more information about the Public Land Law Conference, including events and individual speakers, please contact co-editors Dave Whisenand or Matt Pugh, or check the Public Land & Resources Law Review Website at


Note to practicing attorneys: A total of 10 Continuing Legal Education Credits are available for those who attend this conference. They can register at the door or contact one of the conference editors to pre-register.




Conference Co-Editor Dave Whisenand: 651-216-1085,  

Conference Co-Editor Matt Pugh: 406-253-8984,


About the Public Lands & Resources Law Review:


The Public Land and Resources Law Review is published by a board of student editors at The University of Montana School of Law. It features both professional and student-written articles exploring a broad range of current issues in public land and resource law, environmental law, and federal Indian law. The goal of the Public Land and Resources Law Review is to encourage those interested in public land and resources law, environmental law and federal Indian law to publish the results of their work and research, express their ideas and further discussion and research in these areas. The first Public Land Law Conference was held in 1978, and traditionally it has been organized around a particular legal issue.

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