Saving the Wild in the West

APA New Mexico Chapter


Friday, December 14, 2018
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. MST

Albuquerque, NM, United States

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This presentation provides an overview of public lands ownership and the challenges faced by governments and agencies that manage these lands. Current efforts to privatize federal lands are put into an historical perspective of the United States’ expansion. We’ve come a long way since John Muir strode among the Redwoods with Theodore Roosevelt, and John Wesley Powell floated the Colorado for the nascent U.S. Geological Survey. How can we reconcile disparate views and plan for the future of America’s public lands and of wilderness? In an effort not to completely diminish our holiday cheer, I will highlight the legal forces and divergent political philosophies impacting our archetypical western landscapes and traditional ways of life. To accomplish this, I will provide examples of the positive impacts of federal land use planning on local communities, note some successful public and private landscape and ecosystem protection programs that could be applied to New Mexico, and stress how we can play an essential role in planning for the proper management of federal lands and lands that may be transferred.


Dan Pava, FAICP

Dan Pava FAICP is an environmental planner at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He currently serves on the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission and previously served on the city’s planning commission. Pava is the president-elect of Western Planner, and a former president of the APA New Mexico chapter ... Read More

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