Professor Wilkinson is a foremost authority on U.S. land use laws concerning public lands and Indian lands and he is the author of several books on these legal topics of particular interest in the West. The video is divided into three short segments: federal public land laws, Indian law and policy, and water law. Professor Wilkinson shares an insightful story about the inception of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah and inspiring stories of the resurgence of Indian nations. His brief primer on public land law, water law, and Indian law informs us with a deeper understanding of our Western land heritage and the importance of our federal laws.

Michael Dombeck is well known for his dedication to responsible stewardship of America's public lands. He has served as Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management and as the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.  He is also an educator and scientist. He is a University of Wisconsin (UW) Fellow and a retired Professor of Global Conservation at UW.  In this video conversation with Huey Johnson, Mr. Dombeck discusses his professional accomplishments with the Roadless Rule and why this Rule was so important in managing public lands for future generations.

John Leshy is the distinguished emeritus law professor (U.C. Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco) known for his expertise in federal land use laws: water law, Indian law, and mining law among others. He has advised both the Clinton and Obama administrations and served as the Solicitor (General Council) for the U.S. Department of the Interior during the Clinton administration. Dr. Leshy shares his views concerning the management of our public trust lands and some of the challenges we face. He explains why it is essential to keep these lands in the public domain.

For over 30 years, Joanna Rogers Macy has been teaching in workshops and trainings that help people move through their despair and denial about nuclear proliferation and ecological destruction and to act with a renewed sense of purpose. In this interview, she highlights the paradox of our material worldview, and the joy of greening the self, seeing ourselves as part of earth's ecology, which she has written about extensively.

Founder of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), Huey Johnson, interviews Will Rogers, president and CEO of TPL, about his role in land conservation, his passion for bee keeping and his natural leadership skills. Will shares why parks in the urban environment are so essential to urban living and how TPL helps to create these critical urban open spaces.  Will shares his thoughts about leadership and risk taking within the context of land conservation.

How has land conservation changed over the decades? Will Rogers, the president and CEO of the Trust for Public Land (TPL) sees increasing pressures on land, including issues related to climate change.  TPL is a nonprofit organization that works to connect people with nature and believes that a livable city is one that allows people to live within a 10 minute walk to a park. What will it take to solve some of the challenges in conservation today? How will we come up with solutions?  How have politics and environment changed? Hear how TPL has adapted to the changes in conservation and is still on the cutting edge to connect people with nature.