ADP’s 12th annual Stewardship of Public Lands faculty seminar was held in Yellowstone National Park from July 27-August 1, 2015. This year 14 faculty members from across the United States and Canada spent a week exploring three public lands controversies in and around Yellowstone. The group talked to various stakeholders about 1) wolf reestablishment, 2) disease management in elk and bison, and 3) winter use of the park.
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This blog post includes excerpts from a recent Indiana State University news release. You’ll find the full release here: http://www.indstate.edu/news/news.php?newsid=4402.
Ten years ago, John Conant, chair of the economics department and the course instructor, and former Indiana State biology department chair Charles Amlaner designed the summer Yellowstone experience after participating in the Stewardship of Public Lands Program as part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ American Democracy Project, a program that teaches faculty how to promote good citizenship and advocacy.
“We decided we could take secondary teachers to look at the science, policymaking process and economic factors that lead to public policy,” Conant said. “We wanted to show them how to take passionately held beliefs and create policy.”
This year, instead of teachers, the course was geared toward currently enrolled Indiana State students, Conant said, “to let our students see that the issues in Yellowstone are not all black and white.”
“I learned the importance of thoroughly examining an issue from all perspectives, and I realized how important it is to be politically involved,” she [Carter] said. “I really need to do a better job at paying attention to local politics – not just national politics. The best way to make change nationally is to start locally.”
It was an experience that put students at the center of Yellowstone’s “complex, interrelated system,” where [John] Conant said issues of wildlife, environment, politics and advocacy often come to a head.
“Yellowstone is an incredible, beautiful and fascinating lab in which everything clashes and you can see it all more clearly there,” he said. “The social science students can see how complex the science stuff is and a science student can see that it’s not just a research paper being published that gets things done, but it takes a whole process to make change happen.”
Read the full story here: http://www.indstate.edu/news/news.php?newsid=4402
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?
• 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!
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.
Introduce 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.