OSU in Eastern Oregon

Since long before January's militant standoff in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon State University has been working with Eastern Oregon ranchers and federal land managers on issues regarding the use and conservation of public lands. Here are a few examples of how people with differing viewpoints and interests are coming together to make progress that benefits all.


Land use and policy experts beyond OSU

Through its Ruckelshaus Institute, the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, and other departments, the University of Wyoming has extensive expertise in issues relating to Western land use policy, law, politics, management and historic controversies. Several of their experts have agreed to speak with public news media representatives regarding the dispute near Burns, Ore., at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Environmental politics and public administration
Gregg Cawley, professor, Department of Political Science
University of Wyoming
(307) 766-5345 or cawley@uwyo.edu

  • Gregg Cawley studies public administration, environmental politics and federal land policy. He is the author of Federal Land, Western Anger: The Sagebrush Rebellion and Environmental Politics; and co-editor of A Wolf in the Garden: The Land Rights Movement and the New Environmental Debate.

Natural resource and public land policy:
Roger Coupal, head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
University of Wyoming
(307) 766-2386 or coupal@uwyo.edu

  • Roger Coupal is a community development specialist with expertise in natural resource and public lands policy; fiscal impact analysis; and community groups interacting with public officials engaged in policy issues.

Public land policy and rangeland economics:
John Tanaka, Co-Director, Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable
Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
University of Wyoming
(307) 766-5130; Cell: (307) 460-8558 or jtanaka@uwyo.edu

  • John Tanaka has expertise in rangeland management, rangeland economics and public land policy, and previously studied Oregon land issues.

Another expert of interest can be found in the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College, California.

Disputes over public lands in the United States and issues of land ownership:
Char Miller, director
W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis
Environmental Analysis Program
Pomona College, California
909-607-8343 or char.miller@pomona.edu

  • Environmental historian Char Miller has written extensively on the historic struggle and contemporary dispute over public lands in the U.S., and is the author of “Public Lands, Public Debates,” published through the Oregon State University Press. He has explored conservation thinking, government agencies as a stewardship with a mission, the tides of public opinion, alterations in fiscal support, and overlapping authorities for land management. Miller has also written about the current event in Oregon and the complex issues of land ownership there.