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.

This true warrior has an undying passion for the wilderness. Dave Foreman lives his life larger than most in order to protect wilderness for it’s own sake. In the 1980s he co-founded Earth First! in response to what he believed many environmentalists were “not doing” at that time. He believed that there needed to be an “activist” organization that “did things.” This video is a great insight into one of the co-founders of Earth First! You may also enjoy watching our interviews of Mike Roselle and Bart Koehler, the other founders of Earth First!

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.

Native American, John Echohawk, tells his story of how and why he went to law school and how he became one of the best advocates for Native American rights in the country.