The Executive Director for Californians for Western Wilderness, Mike Painter, shares his thoughts about Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, for which President Trump has proposed a reduction of 85% in size. Mike believes that we cannot just be cynical and complain about what is happening with our public lands, but that we can and should take specific actions. Watch this video to hear Mike's recommendations on how we can make our voices heard.
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.
Professor Emeritus, Frederic Wagner, explains why everyone should have a basic understanding of science and understand how scientists think and make decisions. As an ecologist and author of a book on climate change, Dr. Wagner explains how policymaking today could benefit from the examination of facts and evidence. He shares two examples of how science has been ignored over politics.
Gloria Flora was the first woman to achieve the level of Forest Supervisor in the US Forest Service. She is known for her courageous 1997 decision that denied the oil and gas industry access to drill on national forest lands on the Rocky Mountain Front. Trained as a landscape architect, Gloria understands the importance of the human relationship to our public landscapes and describes why half of her decision was made because of outspoken public interest in the forest landscape.
Dr. Calisher explains the complexities of the hantavirus and why we need to stay vigilant in our studies of viruses. He tells us what he knows about viruses and how his understanding relates to our study of earth sciences.