03/21/2019 – 03/22/2019 all-day
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
383 S. University Street
In recent years, outdoor recreation has become a primary use of the public lands, creating myriad conflicts, challenges, and opportunities. A substantial portion of the public domain is managed for recreation in the form of national parks, national monuments, wilderness areas, and the like, drawing millions of visitors annually. Outdoor recreation is now big business, constituting two percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), which is more than agriculture, mining, or oil and gas development individually contribute to the nation’s GDP. Conflicts have grown more intense between recreation users (e.g. hikers, mountain bikers, and ATVers), and new environmental problems have surfaced in the form of soil erosion, water pollution, and wildlife displacement, while the land management agencies lack the necessary resources to effectively address these problems. The symposium will first examine the economic, social, and legal framework for recreation on the public lands, and then extract lessons from specific recreation problems in the Wasatch Mountains and the Moab area. A symposium highlight will be “A Conversation with the Secretary” between Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior, and Robert Keiter of the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law. Ms. Jewell will discuss her unique perspective on conservation and recreation, based on her experience as Secretary of the Interior and as former CEO of REI.