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RangeNet 2002

Bovines or Biodiversity:
The National Campaign to End Abusive Public Lands Ranching

In Tribute to Dr. Joy Belsky

Wednesday, Oct. 9, Boise Art Museum (pre-conference)

  • 7:00 p.m. - Conference reception. No-host bar.

  • 8:00 p.m. - Slide presentation and book-signing

    • George Wuerthner and Mollie Matteson, editors of "Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West"

Thursday, Oct. 10, Boise State University

  • 8:00 a.m. - Conference registration and continental breakfast

  • 9:00 a.m. - "Conservation in Action: The Life and Work of Joy Belsky"

    • Elizabeth Painter, advisory board, Western Watersheds Project

  • 9:15 a.m. - "Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West"

    • George Wuerthner and Mollie Matteson, National Public Lands Grazing Campaign

  • 10.00 a.m. - Drawing for "Welfare Ranching" books

  • 10:30 a.m. - "Legal Frameworks for Public Lands Ranching" 

    • Laird Lucas, attorney, Western Watersheds Project and Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, Boise 

    • William Myers, Solicitor, US Dept. of the Interior, Washington, DC

  • Noon - Lunch

  • 1:30 p.m. - "The Future of Public Lands Ranching: Mythology, Ecology, Sociology and Public Policy"

    • Jon Marvel, executive director, Western Watersheds Project

    • Ed Marston, publisher, High Country News

  • 3:00 p.m. - "Dollars and Sense: The National Public Lands Grazing Campaign" 

    • Andy Kerr, director, National Public Lands Grazing Campaign

    • Mark Salvo, counselor, NPLGC

    • Gilly Lyons, eastern representative, NPLGC 

  • 4:30 p.m. - Hospitality hour and no-host bar (University Inn) 

  • 6:00 p.m. - Dinner

  • 7:00 p.m. - Keynote address: "Post-Cowboy Economics in the New West"

    • Thomas Michael Power, author of "Post-Cowboy Economics: Pay and Prosperity in the New West"

  • 8:30 p.m. - Edward Abbey Memorial Hooved Locust Award

    • Recipient to be announced

  • 9:00 p.m. - Reception and no-host bar (University Inn)

Friday, Oct. 11, Boise State University

  • 8:30 a.m. - Continental breakfast

  • 9:00 a.m. - "Bovines vs. Biodiversity: A Scientific Almanac"

    • John Carter, Utah director, Western Watersheds Project 

    • Elizabeth Painter, advisory board, Western Watersheds Project

  • 10:00 a.m. - "The Changing West" 

    • Report From Utah: Patrick Diehl, Escalante Wilderness Project 

    • Report From New Mexico: John Horning, Forest Guardians

    • Report From Arizona: Jeff Burgess, BLM Rangeland Resource Team (Phoenix)

    • Report From Oregon: Bill Marlett, executive director, Oregon Natural Desert Association

    • Report From Montana: Glenn Hockett, Gallatin Wildlife Association

    • Report From Colorado: John Graham, SINAPU

    • Report From Idaho and Nevada: Katie Fite, Committee for Idaho's High Desert

    • Report from Wyoming, Ray Corning, Sierra Club

  • 11:30 a.m. - "How the West Will Be Won"

    • Andy Kerr, director, National Public Lands Grazing Campaign

    • NPLGC Steering Committee representatives:

      • American Lands Alliance (Randi Spivak)

      • Center for Biological Diversity (Martin Taylor)

      • Committee for Idaho's High Desert (Katie Fite)

      • Forest Guardians (John Horning)

      • Oregon Natural Desert Association (Bill Marlett)

      • Western Watersheds Project (Jon Marvel)

    • Larry Walker, founder, RangeNet

  • 1:00 p.m. - End of conference. 

Post-conference: 2nd Annual Greenfire Revival

  •  Participants are invited to proceed to Western Watersheds Project's 432-acre Greenfire Preserve on the East Fork of the Salmon River for the second annual Greenfire Revival Oct. 11-13. (Camping only on premises. Motel accommodations available in Stanley and Challis.)

Contributing Sponsors

  • The Larch Company

  • Animal Protection Institute

  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance

  • Center for Biological Diversity

  • Sinapu

  • American Lands Alliance

  • Oregon Natural Desert Association

  • Northwest Ecosystem Alliance

  • Idaho Conservation League

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Lead Sponsor/Organizer

  • Western Watersheds Project, Inc. (WWP)

    • RangeNet.org, a special project of WWP

RangeNet 2003

RangeNet 2003 will be held in Boulder, CO in the early fall of next year. The dates will be announced during RangeNet 2002.