Managing for Multiple Use in a Changing World

July 10, 2019 12:00 pm — 3:00 pm
Washington, DC (and webinar)

An ELI  Master Class

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holds the crucial responsibility of ensuring under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) that an expansive 248.3 million acres of public land and subsurface resources are managed to best meet the present and future needs of the American people. FLPMA grants BLM authority to implement its requirements and adopt or prescribe specific management techniques and practices on public lands. BLM implements these through the multiple use and sustained yield mandate. This Master Class will explore the FLPMA mandate, impacts of the BLM multiple use mandate on various public land practices, and relevant withdrawals, moratoria, valid existing rights (VER), Secretarial orders, and Solicitor’s Opinions.

The class provided an in-depth examination of FLPMA land management authorities and potential regulatory changes and challenges moving forward.


12:00 - 1:30 PM

Panel 1:  Multiple Use Land Management

Panelists examined where FLPMA stands today regarding management of activities on multiple use lands and how to best achieve the objectives of the act as new uses and changes in objectives evolve over time and through successive Administrations. 

  • Marna McDermott, Deputy Director and Counsel, Conservation Litigation Project, Moderator
  • John G. Cossa, Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond PC
  • Robert L. Glicksman, J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor, Environmental Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Kathryn Kovacs, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Panel 2:  Multiple Use Lands in Practice

Panelists examined case studies of conservation, extraction, land use, and development practices on public lands under BLM management, including the interaction of other mandates with the multiple use mandate. Panelists also explored how these statutory policies affect natural resources law, land use and development projects, and conservation efforts. They also reviewed the impacts of the mandate on planning, evaluation, permitting, and implementation choices.

ELI members will have access to materials/a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.

Supplemental Materials:
Legal Pathways to Widespread Carbon Capture and Sequestration by Wendy B. Jacobs and Michael Craig (47 ELR 11022)
Minard Run Oil Company et al. v. US Forest Service (670 F.3d 236)
National Mining Association v. Zinke (877 F.3d 845,  2017)
National Parks Conservation Association v. US Forest Service et al. (177 F.Supp.3d1)
Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC v. Cowpasture River Preservation Ass'n et al. (June 25, 2019)
U.S. Forest Service et al. v. Cowpasture Preservation Ass'n et al.


In-person CLE Attendees:

  • We will have a sign-in and sign-out sheet for you to initial and fill out with time total time of attendance for the Master Class.
  • We will provide you with your CLE information at the end of the Master Class.

Webinar CLE Attendees (you must have selected CLE info when you registered):

  • When watching the webinar you will need to have the webinar at the forefront of your computer screen as GoTo webinar software will be tracking attentiveness and creating an attentiveness report.
  • You will need to be watching the webinar for a majority of the time to receive CLE Credit.
  • We will email you the CLE information and certification within one week of the event.