Session 4: Science vs. Emotion: Making Informed Decisions in the Midst of a Stampede

Since the federal government’s sponsorship of the great explorations of the 19th century West, the role of science in public policy-making and implementation has occupied center-stage in the region’s development. This session will explore the experiences of land managers who are committed to taking science into account when dealing with issues that carry intense cultural, emotional, and political charges. What are the best strategies for using science to resolve conflicting demands for the use and protection of public lands?

Mike Dombeck

Global Conservation Professor at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

Lynn Scarlett

Environmental Analyst & Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior


Curt BrownCurt Brown

Director of Research and Development, Bureau of Reclamation