Overcoming land management and restoration challenges to achieve sustained yield of multiple uses on public lands will be the focus of the 13th Annual Restoring the West Conference on October 16-17, 2018 at Utah State University. Early registration ends October 5 and is available at https://restoringthewest.org/.
By law the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and many other governmental agencies must manage their lands for "sustained yield" of "multiple-uses" like outdoor recreation, range, timber, watershed and wildlife and fish "without … impairment of the productivity of the land." Demand for these resources on public lands, and for ecosystem services and other previously unanticipated outputs, is increasing greatly. Management has gotten more complicated as uses and users have increased.
At this conference researchers and managers will share ideas about and examples of compromise, collaboration and creativity that can improve management and restoration of public lands for sustained yield of the many resources we value. Issues ranging from solar energy on public lands in Nevada to feral horse issues in Wyoming, as well as illegal marijuana farms and their impacts to public lands in California to the cultural impacts resulting from the use of reclaimed water on a sacred Hopi Landscape in Arizona will be discussed.
- Rose McKinney-James, author and managing principal Energy Works LLC and McKinney-James & Associates: The importance of collaboration in sustaining the West.
- Derek Scasta, rangeland Extension specialist, assistant professor of rangeland management, plant – herbivore interactions ecologist: Towards a better understanding of the socio-ecological complexities of feral horses in the United States through a global lens.
- Mourad Gabriel, co-director, Integral Ecology Research Center, research associate faculty, UC Davis: Canary in the Marijuana Field: How Wildlife Engaged Stakeholders and Policy in Addressing Environmental Impacts from Marijuana Cultivation on in the Western United States.
- Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, director emeritus, Hopi Cultural Preservation office. The Hopi Tribe: In Defense of A Hopi Sacred Landscape. The Arizona Snow Bowl Controversy – How Making Snow From Reclaimed Water Impacts Hopi Tribal Traditions.
The conference is organized, and sponsored, by Utah State University including USU Extension Forestry, the Department of Wildland Resources, the Quinney College of Natural Resources and the Ecology Center. Support also comes from the Western Aspen Alliance.