Public Land & Resources Law Review’s Public Lands Law Conference on October 12-13

Bridging Divides: Energy, Environment, and Empowerment in a New Era
37th Biennial Public Lands Law Conference, October 12-13, 2017

The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana’s Public Land & Resources Law Review will be hosting its 37th Biennial Public Land Law Conference, Bridging Divides: Energy, Environment, and Empowerment in a New Era, in beautiful Missoula, Montana, October 12-13, 2017 at the law school.  The conference’s goal is to bring relevant and differing advocacy positions together within the current evolving political and legal climate in hopes of bridging divides and finding common vision to manage energy and environmental resources. Areas of focus will include balancing energy development with fish and wildlife needs, preserving indigenous interests in energy development, and addressing energy development within land use planning. Registration information can be found at

On October 12, we will be taking a field trip, Old and New Legacies in the Upper Clark Fork Basin, to the Northwestern Energy Control Center in Butte, the microgrid tour in Deer Lodge, and Milltown State Park. Featured speakers will be at each site. Conference keynote speakers will be:

  • Daniel Jorjani: U.S. Department of Interior Principal Deputy Solicitor discussing Federal Lands: Current Policy Directions and Opportunities for Bridge Building. Room 201, Thursday at 5:00 PM.
  • Charles Wilkinson: Distinguished Professor University of Colorado School of Law discussing Collaborative Management of Public Lands and Natural Resources. Room 201, Friday at 12:00 PM.
  • Scott Slovic: Distinguished Professor University of Idaho discussing Language Matters: Environmental Controversy and the Quest for Common Ground. Room 201, Friday at 2:45 PM.

Conference panels will be discussing: Water, Wind, and WildlifeEnergy, Infrastructure, and Culture; and The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development.