The Challenge of America's Public Lands

Mar 14, 2018

John Leshy is an expert on public lands, and he spearheaded the creation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. He joins us to talk about what he learned from that process, and what happens now that the monument has been cut in half.

Wednesday, we’re talking to legal scholar John Leshy about America’s public lands. Leshy was instrumental in the creation of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 1996, an act that angered a number of Utah’s politicians. State officials are still irritated, and they are mounting a legal challenge to the federal government’s dominion over land holdings here. Leshy joins us to discuss the State’s argument, the history of public lands in America, and what may be in store for them in the near future.

John Leshy is a distinguished professor of law, emeritus, at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He served as solicitor of the Department of the Interior from 1993 to 2001.

On Wednesday, March 14, John Leshy will deliver the Wallace Stegner Lecture at the Wallace Stegner Center's 23rd Annual Symposium. That event is at 12:15 at the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. The event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend, the Stegner Center will be broadcasting Leshy's lecture live on YouTube. DETAILS