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Registration Open for ADP’s 2014 Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone National Park

yellowstone cluster of imagesAnnouncing the American Democracy Project’s
2014 Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone National Park:

Stewardship of Public Lands: 
Politics and the Yellowstone Ecosystem 

August 4 – 9, 2014

2014 marks the 10th summer of our Yellowstone seminar, part of the American Democracy Project’s Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative. Over the past 9 summers, more than 165 faculty members from more than 80 colleges and universities have participated in this exciting program. The seminar, a partnership with the Yellowstone Association, is open to faculty members from any academic discipline.

Throughout the United States, but especially in the West, the question of who will control public lands is a hotly debated topic. The public lands of the West, including national parks, forests, grazing, and prairie lands, are all sites of controversy. The major points of contention are over ownership and use of the land. Timber, mining, oil and gas producers, developers, farmers, ranchers, hunters, business owners, recreational users, and environmentalists are all groups who assert claims to influence and use. Yet whose interests have primacy? And in a democracy, how do the interests of all of these groups get addressed and resolved?

Program Highlights:
•  A multi-disciplinary study of political conflict in the world’s first national park
•  Examine the political controversies over wolves, grizzlies, snowmobiles, and bison
•  Meet and listen to stakeholders on all sides
•  Learn how to design courses to help prepare informed, engaged citizens

Register Now for Yellowstone 2014!
http://www.aascu.org/meetings/spl14/

To register, complete this Downloadable Registration Form (pdf)
Visit ADP’s Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative webpage for more information

We Know What They Did Last Summer

Attended the Stewardship of Public Lands Seminar, hosted by the American Democracy Project and the Yellowstone Association, of course.

2013 Stewardship of Public Lands Seminar Participants Photo Courtesy of: Jennifer Jackman, Salem State University

2013 Stewardship of Public Lands Seminar Participants
Photo Courtesy of: Jennifer Jackman, Salem State University

If you want to be more in the know about what they did last summer, you can read more about the experience on University of Indiana Kokomo’s website by clicking here.

Stewardship of Public Lands Field Education Program Opportunity

yellowstone association logoIntroduce your students to the stewardship of public lands through the science, history, and politics of Yellowstone National Park in this field program developed jointly by the Yellowstone Association and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Student groups will explore how resource issues on public lands are managed; how land managers deal with different viewpoints on the proper management of those lands; and what role citizens, organizations, and agencies play in the stewardship of those lands.

Multi-day programs are based in Gardiner, Montana at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and are offered year-round. Tuition and lodging are available for as little as $90 per person per day.

For more information: http://www.yellowstoneassociation.org/institute/youth-programs.aspx or call (406) 848-2400. Scholarships for 25% of tuition costs may be available.

The Yellowstone Association, in partnership with the National Park Service, connects people to Yellowstone National Park and our natural world through education.

ADP in 2012: A Year of Civic Commitments

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project will celebrate its 10th anniversary during 2012-2013. Our 10th annual national meeting will take place in San Antonio, TX at the Marriott Rivercenter June 7-9, 2012. The theme of the meeting is Civic Engagement 2.0: Re-Imagining, Strengthening and Deepening Our Civic Work. Registration is now open and you can register, reserve a hotel room, and submit a proposal here.

Our signature anniversary project will be a Civic Health Assessment and Action Plan Initiative, which will begin at the annual national meeting in June. The Civic Health Initiative will allow institutions to investigate the civic health of their own campus and local community. The Civic Health Initiative will also provide opportunities for campuses to develop and execute action plans in areas that in which they identify room for growth.

Our Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative will launch its 8th week-long faculty-development seminar in Yellowstone National Park July 30 – August 4, 2012. Read more about it and how to register here.

The new eJournal of Public Affairs, a partnership between Missouri State University and the American Democracy Project, will officially launch in Winter 2012. The eJournal will be a space for peer-reviewed scholarship related to civic engagement. Volunteer to be a reviewer or submit an original manuscript:

We will launch an ADP Book Club with an inaugural book discussion in San Antonio. Details will be announced soon!

In addition to our own work, ADP will continue to work with our community college colleagues at The Democracy Commitment (TDC), a new civic engagement initiative which currently has more than 50 participating institutions. TDC will again join ADP at our annual meeting in San Antonio! Read more about The Democracy Commitment here.

We’re busy making and keeping civic commitments and would love to hear your personal and institutional civic commitments as well!

 

Stewardship of Public Lands Case Study: Unexpected Common Ground in the Controversy Over Coal Ash

Description of the ADP Stewardship of Public Lands (SOPL) Initiative

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Throughout the United States, but especially in the West, the question of who will control public lands is a hotly debated topic. The public lands of the West including national parks, forests, grazing, and prairie lands are all sites of controversy. The major points of contention are over ownership and use of the land, federal and state-level interests in the land, and local citizen use of the lands. Timber, mining, oil and gas producers, developers, farmers, ranchers, hunters, business owners, recreational users, and environmentalists are all groups who assert claims to influence and use. Yet whose interests have primacy? And in a democracy, how do the interests of all of these groups get addressed and resolved?

Faculty members listen to rancher Martin Davis describe his challenges with wolf and bison management.

For the past six summers, faculty representatives from participating AASCU institutions have spent a week in Yellowstone National Park with our partner, the Yellowstone Association, studying controversies about wolves, bison, snowmobiles, and grizzlies. To date, more than 120 faculty members from more than 60 campuses have participated in the program. Each summer, the week-long program begins with study of the science and history of the controversies, listening to scientists and park rangers. Then at the end of the week, the faculty participants interview local citizens on both sides of the issues, including political activists, business people, ranchers, and ordinary citizens. Throughout the entire program, faculty are challenged to think about ways to build common ground between the various stakeholders in the local controversies of their own communities.Faculty then design programs for students, some focused on the controversies in the Yellowstone ecosystem, while others are focused on local public land and resource issues.

What follows is one faculty member’s story of how she implemented the lessons and strategies she learned during the Stewardship of Public Lands Seminar. We will have another seminar this summer. For more information about this seminar, please email me.

To purchase a copy of the Stewardship of Public Lands: A Handbook for Educators, please visit this website.

SOPL Case Study: Unexpected Common Ground in the Controversy Over Coal Ash

By Christina Jarvis, State University of New York, Fredonia

Like most people who have attended an ADP program, I know the value of listening to stakeholders when exploring an issue. Last spring after participating in the ADP Stewardship of Public Lands Seminar in Yellowstone National Park, I decided to bring together employees from our local coal-fired power plant and an activist fighting the use of coal ash as a traction agent on our county’s roads for a public discussion.

Although open to the public, the March 2, 2010 coal ash panel was part of my “Writing, Sustainability, and Social Change” course—a service-learning class focused on local environmental topics. The event was designed to give students and community members an opportunity to learn more about a very heated and well-publicized local issue. As you will find out if you keep reading, the panel did a lot more than raise public awareness. It helped inspire students to create a clean energy campaign on campus and also formalized a relationship between a clean energy advocacy organization and a power plant.

Diane Hofner, Founder of CROP Plus (Concerned Residents of Portland), spoke first, and in a moving speech shared her motivations for working to have coal ash classified as a hazardous waste and to have its use on roads discontinued. Carson Leikam, the General Manager for NRG Energy’s Dunkirk power plant, then discussed his plant’s operations, recent emissions reductions and the “bag house” technologies behind the reductions.

Things really got intense once the question-and-answer portion started. Ms. Hofner and audience members grilled Mr. Leikam and his colleague Robert Brombos (the plant’s Environmental Compliance Coordinator) for a solid twenty-five minutes about the composition, storage, testing, disposal, and distribution of bottom ash. I began to feel uncomfortable with the one-sided nature of the exchange, until Mr. Leikam skillfully created some common ground by noting that although his plant supplies area townships with coal ash, the company would stop if local villages decided to use other traction agents on icy roads.

This small moment of common ground turned into something larger. After the panel, I discovered that Ms. Hofner had never met these NRG employees in person. Mr. Brombos was able to share environmental compliance and testing information, and invited her to visit their coal ash storage sites. Excited by the panel, some of my students attended town board and CROP Plus meetings, while others went on a tour of the Dunkirk power plant.

Our solution as a class, though, was to promote energy conservation through a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) giveaway during Earth Week. The students distributed 1350 free CFLs, which will collectively prevent 407 tons of CO2 emissions and save consumers $87,048.00 on their electric bills over the lifetime of the bulbs. Although we didn’t settle the coal ash debate, the students felt empowered by their collective action and community engagement.

Another exciting outcome occurred last September during our tour of NRG’s Dunkirk plant. My FACE Center colleague Sherri Mason and I began a dialogue, which ultimately resulted in a $15,300 EcoNRG grant for three community sustainability projects. The first of these projects—another CFL give-away—will take place on March 26, 2011 at SUNY Fredonia’s Green Expo. NRG employees and students (many of whom attended the panel and tour) will distribute 1800 free CFLs and promote energy conservation. CROP Plus will also be at the Expo. Let the dialogue continue!

To read more about the ADP Stewardship of Public Lands initiative, please visit this website.

To purchase a copy of the Stewardship of Public Lands: A Handbook for Educators, please visit this website.

To learn more about SUNY Fredonia’s SOPL project, please see below.


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