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Science & Democracy in Public Lands Conflict: Forest, Fish & Fire


MISSOULA, Montana, September 14, 2004 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
The 28th Annual Public Land Law Conference will be held September 29 - October 1, 2004 at the University Center on the University of Montana campus. Each year, the University sponsors a conference focusing on the legal and policy dimensions of a timely public land or resource issue. Our aim is to increase public awareness of important natural resource topics, while at the same time providing educational opportunities for students and continuing legal education opportunities for practicing attorneys. The conference is free and open to the public.

This year's conference focuses on the management of public lands, which has grown increasingly complex. The interaction of science with law, economics, and politics makes policy formulation and implementation increasingly challenging. This conference examines public land and resources issues and case studies at the intersection of science and democracy.

The Honorable Donald W. Molloy, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, will give the keynote presentation on Wednesday, September 29th at 7:30 pm in the University Center Theater. Judge Molloy will share his unique insight on the interaction of science and law.

The conference continues at 8:30 am on Thursday and Friday, September 30th and October 1st in the Alumni Boardroom of the University Center. Distinguished speakers from Montana and across the country will give presentations and panel discussions on a variety of topics, including the historical role of science in public land management, a case study on the Bitterroot National Forest salvage conflict, the role of science in judicial review, a case study on the Klamath River Basin, scientific uncertainty in the political/legislative process, and the role of local knowledge in public land management.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Montana School of Law's Public Land & Resources Law Review, in conjunction with the Center for the Rocky Mountain West and the College of Forestry and Conservation. The conference has been approved for fourteen (14) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

Barbara Chillcott Hall or Joanie Hubble
Conference Editors, Public Land & Resources Law Review

Public Land & Resources Law Review
University of Montana School of Law
Missoula, Montana 59812

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