Dates: Tuesdays; Sept. 12–Oct. 3

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran  Church

How has Yellowstone National Park survived as a national treasure that can be enjoyed by the public, yet retain its wildness? Success at striking the balance depends on the National Park Service’s management strategies. We will consider how Park management changed as scientific knowledge increased, demand for access grew, and competition for government funding intensified. We begin with Yellowstone’s early management by the Army. Next, we will view Park leaders who tackled three major problems: feeding bears, eliminating predators, and extinguishing fires. We will examine emerging threats to Yellowstone and other “romance lands” and conclude by exploring conservation efforts including those by Yellowstone Forever and American Prairie Reserve.

Class Format: lecture and discussion Readings: to be determined

BadenInstructor: Lifelong conservationist John Baden earned his PhD in economic anthropology from Indiana University. He held a NSF post-doc in environmental  economics and policy in 1970 and then came to MSU. Author and editor of a dozen books on environmental policy, he co-founded the approach known as New Resource Economics. He and his wife, Professor Emeritus Ramona Marotz-Baden, placed their ranch in a conservation  easement with GVLT. It is agriculturally productive and a haven for fish and wildlife.

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