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Ruple quoted in McClatchy about Bears Ears Monument reversal efforts

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor John Ruple was interviewed by McClatchy DC Bureau on Mar. 21 about the difficulties of reversing Obama’s naming of the Bears Ears National Monument. Ruple stated: “If they go down that road, it is a very, very difficult path…The Antiquities Act doesn’t say anything about […]

Ruple and Keiter publish op-ed on future of Bears Ears in The Salt Lake Tribune

John Ruple and Bob Keiter, both professors at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, published an op-ed recently in The Salt Lake Tribune urging President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke to proceed cautiously in determining whether to abolish or change the Bears Ears National Monument.  Read the full commentary here.

Ruple interviewed on KUER about naming of Bears Ears National Monument

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor John Ruple was interviewed on KUER radio about the recently named Bears Ears National Monument by President Barack Obama. Ruple discusses the legal history behind the naming of monuments and the legal challenges disgruntled residents will have in trying to reverse it. Listen to the […]

Keiter and Ruple discuss Bears Ears monument designation with Utah Public Radio

Professors Bob Keiter and John Ruple discussed the recent Bears Ears monument designation with Utah Public Radio on December 30, 2016. The two-hour program includes public comment and discussion from: John Kovash, Utah Public Radio southern Utah correspondent Chris Saeger, Director, Western Values Project Scott Groene, Director, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance John Ruple, Research Associate […]

Ruple comments on Bears Ears National Monument for National Geographic

S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor John Ruple commented on the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument in the December 28, 2016 edition of National Geographic. The fate of Bears Ears now rests with President-elect Trump and the incoming Congress. No previous president has tried to terminate a national monument, and according to legal scholars, […]

Ruple quoted in Huffington Post about Obama’s fight to save public lands

John Ruple, an associate professor (research) at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was quoted in an article in The Huffington Post about the fight to save public lands in advance of President-elect Donald Trump taking office.  Read the article here.     

Ruple discusses monument designation with National Geographic

S.J. Quinney College of Law professor John Ruple was interviewed by National Geographic in a Nov. 15 story titled, “What Does Trump Mean for America’s Lands and Waters? From oil exploration to the Clean Water Act, the incoming Trump Administration stands to make a break from previous policy.” “The Antiquities Act gives the president the […]

Ruple featured on National Public Radio about Bundy acquittal

John Ruple, associate professor (research) at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, was interviewed by National Public Radio on the recent acquittal of Ammon Bundy and six other militants who occupied a bird sanctuary in Oregon earlier this year to protest the federal government’s role in public lands. The segment aired on public radio stations […]

Ruple cited in Reuters story on public land transfer

S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor John Ruple was cited in an August 20, 2016 Reuters story tilted “Conservatives split over U.S. land transfers to Western states.”  As the story notes, more than 30 bills pushing for federal land transfers were introduced in Western states in 2015, more than a dozen more have been filed […]

Ruple discusses public lands research on KPCW

John Ruple, associate professor (research) at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, appeared on KPCW to discuss recently released research on public lands. New research from Ruple found that transferring millions of acres of federally managed public lands to states, as contemplated under Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act, would make Endangered Species Act compliance […]