Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Call for Papers & Presentations: Idaho Law Review Symposium: Livestock Grazing on Public Lands: Law, Policy & Rebellion

I am delighted to be the faculty adviser for the 2017 Idaho Law Review symposium, which is seeking papers and presentations on the topic below.  The students run this show, but I am always happy to answer questions, too.




Livestock Grazing on Public Lands:  Law, Policy & Rebellion

2017 Idaho Law Review Symposium

The Idaho Law Review invites you to participate in its 2017 symposium, Livestock Grazing on Public Lands:  Law, Policy & Rebellion, to be held in Boise, Idaho on March 31, 2017.  Livestock grazing on western public lands is a complicated, and often hotly contested subject that deeply influences the economies of rural western places.  The Bureau of Land Management currently administers 8,000 permits and leases for livestock grazing, mostly cattle and sheep, on 21,000 allotments that cover nearly two-thirds of the country’s federal public lands.  How grazing is managed on such federal public lands, as well as state-owned and tribal lands, plays a singular role in the future of the rural West.  Conflicts over grazing have also proven an on-going source of anti-government sentiment, from the Seventies’ Sagebrush Rebellions to recent occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and the transfer of public lands movement. 

We seek papers or presentations that investigate the topic generally.  Issues that may be addressed include:

  • How should grazing on public lands be managed?
  • With increased litigation against federal agencies, should there be a restructuring of livestock grazing laws?
  • What are the legal challenges with managing for both grazing of livestock and wildlife (sage grouse, big horn sheep, other endangered species issues)?
  • Are there legal solutions to managing both wildlife populations and livestock grazing efficiently on public lands?
  • How can communities come up with creative and productive solutions to disagreements on public grazing?
  • How can private landowners effectively manage for both livestock grazing and wildlife populations and comply with Endangered Species Act or other federal guidelines?
  • What are the implications of using grazing as a tool to eliminate fire hazard and should this be included in federal fire management plans?
  • How do Tribal permitting processes differ from other grazing permitting?
  • With limited resources, how can land managers best use lands for most beneficial uses?
  • How does the resurgence of the Sagebrush Rebellion, especially the recent standoff in Malheur County, affect policy decisions going forward?
  • Are there any other legal effects of the Sagebrush Rebellion or other “take-back-the-public-lands” movements?
  • What are economic and legal consequences of open range laws versus herding district laws?
  • How might private land conservation, such as conservation easements or agricultural easements, assist grazing on public lands?

Symposium papers or presentations addressing the topics above—or others proposed—will be presented at the conference with publications appearing in the Symposium volume in Spring, 2017.  We are especially interested in shorter essays (roughly 6,000 to 10,000 words, including references).  We will also consider proposals for presentations without essay contributions.  Draft abstracts of no more than one page and queries may be addressed to Kaycee Royer, Chief Symposium Editor, at roye1424@vandals.uidaho.edu, as soon as possible and no later than August 1, 2017.

Travel expenses will be paid for presenters of accepted papers or presentations.


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