Throughout the United States, but especially in the West, the question of who will control public lands is a hotly debated topic. The public lands of the West, including national parks, forests, grazing, and prairie lands, are all sites of controversy. The major points of contention are over ownership and use of the land. Timber, mining, oil and gas producers, developers, farmers, ranchers, hunters, business owners, recreational users, and environmentalists are all groups who assert claims to influence and use. Yet whose interests have primacy? And in a democracy, how do the interests of all of these groups get addressed and resolved?
Register Now for Yellowstone 2013!
Registration is open for our 9th annual summer “Politics and the Yellowstone Ecosystem” faculty seminar in Yellowstone National Park. This program is open to faculty from any discipline who are teaching at an AASCU college or university.
- We spend six (6) days in Yellowstone National Park in a combination of classroom and field activities, examining four key political controversies: bison, wolves, snowmobiles, and grizzly bears. We begin the week examining the science and history of the controversies, listening to scientists and Park rangers. Then, we interview local citizens on both sides of the issues, including political activists, business people, ranchers, and other citizens.
- The goal of this project is to develop new strategies and new approaches that colleges and universities can use to help undergraduates become thoughtful, informed, and engaged citizens. In a world too often filled with bitter partisan politics, this non-partisan project seeks to move beyond verbal attacks and confrontation, providing students with new models that promote understanding and resolution. In a political environment where special interest groups tend to push people to polarized positions, we seek common ground. The key question of this initiative is: How are competing but equally legitimate interests about public lands resolved in a democracy?
- Family members or guests are welcome to come to Yellowstone with the faculty participant. However, space does not allow for guest participation in the program except for some classroom lectures, a few field trips, and evening films and presentations.
- The cost of the program is $1,295, which includes five (5) nights individual room lodging at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (in Yellowstone National Park; single occupancy hotel room or cabin); all instruction and seminar materials, AV rental, classroom rental; in-park transportation; and a number of meals, including reception and dinner the first night, lunch Tuesday, and breakfast Wednesday.
For details and to register, see this Program Announcement and Registration Form.
For more information about ADP’s Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative, visit here.