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About the Western Landscapes Conservation Series


In Spring 2008, a group of interdisciplinary graduate students in the Environmental Sciences and Policy program at Northern Arizona University organized a series of public lectures and graduate workshops. Our goal was to identify urgent conservation policy needs in the Western U.S. and develop recommendations for the incoming federal administration of 2009. We identified three issues — water scarcity, forest management, and tribal leadership — as overarching issues deserving federal policy action. We invited leading experts to collaborate with graduate students and faculty to identify tangible recommendations to help guide the federal transition teams that will be tasked with developing policy priorities for the next administration.

Visiting Experts

 Jaime A. Pinkham, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, works for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. He has been instrumental in efforts to reintroduce wolves to Idaho, regain ancestral lands, and restore salmon in the Columbia River Basin.

Charles WilkinsonCharles Wilkinson, Moses Lasky Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, is recognized as one of the nation’s top authorities on the legal and policy history of Native American and environmental struggles throughout the 20th century.

Kathy JacobsKathy Jacobs is the Executive Director of the Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of Arizona’s three universities. With over 20 years of water management experience, she focuses on the use of scientific information in policy and decision-making.

Brent HaddaBrent Haddad is an environmental economics and policy expert from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He investigates the use of market-based methods to manage water scarcity. He is the authoer of Rivers of Gold: Designing Markets to Allocate Water in California.

David GetchesDavid Getches, Raphael J. Moses Professor of Natural Resource Law and Dean of the University of Colorado School of Law, is a national authority on federal environmental policy, Western water law and governance, and Native American law.

Dan RohlfDan Rohlf, Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School, is the Director of the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, and is an expert in endangered species law, forest and wildlife policy, and ecosystem management. He is the author of The Endangered Species Act of 1973: A Guide to Its Protections and Implementation.

Barry NoonBarry Noon, Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Colorado State University, is a national authority on forest science, conservation biology, and natural resources management. He has served on several advisory committees charged with developing science-based forest management policies, including the US Forest Service’s Committee of Scientists (1997–1999)