Bridging Divides: Energy, Environment, and Empowerment in a New Era

Join us Homecoming Week for our 37th Biennial Public Land Law Conference, which seeks to answer the question: How do we bridge divides and find common vision to manage our energy and environmental resources in an evolving political climate? Energy development, indigenous involvement, and environmental interests offer seemingly competing visions for the stewardship of our natural resources. The conference will bring together voices of local communities, federal and state actors, tribal nations, and private and nonprofit interests, to work toward a common vision of the law and policy of energy and the environment.

Day 1 - October 12, 2017

Optional Field Trip: Old and New Legacies in the Upper Clark Fork Basin
7.0 CLE Credits (pending approval)
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Stretching from Butte to Missoula, the Upper Clark Fork Basin is a beautiful river system that has been heavily impacted by mining and smelting waste from Butte and Anaconda. This waste washed down Silver Bow Creek and the Clark Fork River, settling throughout the floodplain, concentrating behind the former Milltown Dam, and creating the largest Superfund cleanup site in the United States. This area is also part of the aboriginal territories for the Salish people, and integral to their relationship with bull trout. And along this same corridor, there are important energy facilities that serve the region as it moves toward a renewable energy supply.

Join us on this journey through the Upper Clark Fork Basin to learn about collaborative efforts to remove the Milltown Dam, honor tribal heritage, and restore areas damaged by mining and smelting. We will also learn about energy transmission and generation, and innovative energy projects. Featured speakers will include representatives from NorthWestern Energy, the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and the Clark Fork Coalition. Stops include Berkeley Pit, Butte (Museum of Mining, NorthWest Energy / Transmission Switchboard), Opportunity (Superfund Cleanup Repository), Anaconda (Smelter Site, Dave Gates Generating Facility), Deerlodge (NWE Renewable Energy Project) and Milltown State Park (“Home of the Big Bull Trout”). Transportation provided.

Free for registered students and community members (lunch purchased separately)
$45 for other registrants (includes meal)

Keynote Address & Opening Reception
5:00 – 7:30 PM
0.5 CLE Credits (pending approval)

After a day in the field, our conference will officially kick off with a keynote address from Daniel Jorjani, Principal Deputy Solicitor, U.S. Department of Interior, who will discuss “Current Policy Directions and Opportunities for Bridge Building on Federal Lands.” Opening reception to follow.

Free for registered students and community members
Included in the conference registration costs for other participants

Day 2 - October 13, 2017

37th Biennial Public Land Law Conference
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
6.5 CLE Credits (pending approval)

Our conference gets underway in earnest as we hear from policy officials, practitioners, and scholars who specialize in how to build bridges among competing interests in energy development. Panels include:

Water, Wind, and Wildlife
Energy, Infrastructure, and Culture
The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Energy Development

We will also hear a luncheon keynote from Charles F. Wilkinson, Distinguished Professor and Moses Lasky Professor of Law, University of Colorado School of Law, who will discuss “Collaborative Management of Public Lands and Natural Resources.”

Our conference will conclude with another distinguished Professor, Scott Slovic, Chair of the English Department, University of Idaho, who specializes in literature and environment, and will tie our day-long conversation together with his talk “Language Matters: Environmental Controversy and the Quest for Common Ground.”

Full Agenda

Free for registered students and community members (lunch purchased separately)
$100 for early bird registrants; $125 for late registrants (includes meal)

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