2016 – Third Biennial Student Congress on Public Policy for Land Management
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) twenty college students and recent graduates came together in Las Cruces, NM from September 8 through September 11, 2016 to continue the pursuit of a national land ethic.
Dr. Garrey Carruthers, former Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary and current President of New Mexico State University gave the keynote address. Dr. Carruthers recounted his experiences during the early years after the passage of FLPMA
The students examined changes in BLM and public land management over the 40 years since FLPMA was enacted and explored future applications of FLPMA based on current demographics.
The Student Congress included a field trip which encompassed on-site discussions of restoration, a mining proposal in an intense multiple use area and a service project.
Specific topics discussed by the students included: State vs. Federal control of public lands; balancing development with sustainability; FLPMA as a foundation for a national land ethic; and, defining multiple use and sustained yield.
Recommendations from the group centered on restoration, collaboration, outreach/education and employment potential.
Click here to see the full set of recommendations developed by the students for presentation to the BLM Director and Secretary of the Interior.
The Third Student Congress on Public Policy on Land Management was co-sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico and the Public Lands Foundation.