Keiter Testifies Before House Subcommittee in Joshua Tree National Monument

On Tuesday, April 7, Robert Keiter, professor of law and director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, testified before a congressional subcommittee on the importance of protecting public lands against climate change.

The field hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks was held at California’s Joshua Tree National Monument.  According to the Deseret News, Keiter noted to members of the subcommittee that, “Laws do not fully protect park lands and resources, and they are decidedly not designed to address the additional challenges associated with climate change.”

In his comments, Keiter also encouraged lawmakers to consider adding damaged but restorable lands to national parks in order to begin managing areas on an ecosystem basis, according to the Deseret News.

To read the Deseret News story concerning the hearing and Keiter’s testimony, click here:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705295947/Professor-fights-global-warming.html

To read a story about the hearing in The Sun, click here:

http://www.insidesocal.com/news247/2009/04/climate-change-discussion-brou.html