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Wallace Stegner Center 24th Annual Symposium – Recreation Challenges on Public Lands

March 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
In recent years, outdoor recreation has become a primary use of the public lands, creating myriad conflicts, challenges, and opportunities. A substantial portion of the public domain is managed for recreation in the form of national parks, national monuments, wilderness areas, and the like, drawing millions of visitors annually. Outdoor recreation is now big business, constituting two percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), which is more than agriculture, mining, or oil and gas development individually contribute to the nation’s GDP. Conflicts have grown more intense between recreation users (e.g. hikers, mountain bikers, and ATVers), and new environmental problems have surfaced in the form of soil erosion, water pollution, and wildlife displacement, while the land management agencies lack the necessary resources to effectively address these problems. The symposium will first examine the economic, social, and legal framework for recreation on the public lands, and then extract lessons from specific recreation problems in the Wasatch Mountains, Moab area, and Yellowstone region. It will conclude with a panel discussion designed to put emergent recreation challenges in perspective and to offer potential solutions to these issues.

Details coming soon!


The King’s English Bookshop will be onsite selling books.

Principal Funding:

Harold Burton Foundation
Cultural Vision Fund

The Wallace Stegner Center’s annual symposium brings together legal scholars, thinkers, and practitioners from around the world to tackle pressing environmental issues. Recent symposia have focused on wildlife conservation, alternative energy, global climate change, and sustainability.

For questions about this event contact Kris (801) 585-3440.

Free parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north. For other public transit options use UTA’s Trip Planner. The law school is on the Red Route for the University’s free campus shuttles (College of Law stop).


March 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am
March 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
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