John Freemuth

Monday, July 6, 2020

Our Public Lands: Enduring or in Crisis?


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John Freemuth is Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Cecil Andrus Endowed Chair of Environment and Public Lands at Boise State University. His primary interest is with the public lands of the United States, and he has written a number of books and articles and given over 100 presentations on our public lands. He chaired the Science Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management, after being appointed by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. He is principal investigator on a grant from the United States Geological Survey, involving in part mapping the protected areas of the United States and with the Andrus Center is working on a grant from the Bureau of Land Management on policy issues surrounding BLM. He has been a high school teacher, and seasonal park ranger. While a ranger at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area he wrote Wanderer for Beauty: Everett Ruess in the Glen Canyon Area, a park interpretive handout, and is glad Everett has yet to be found. Waldo Reus, Everett’s brother, sent him a letter where he said he enjoyed reading it. He has a B.A. from Pomona College and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University. He was also named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching of Professor of the Year for Idaho for 2001.