Bolle Center for People and Forests


October 2019.  Director Nie delivers invited talk and paper at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Special Institute on Endangered Species and Other Wildlife. (“Wildlife Diversity and National Forest Management: A Goal or Obstacle for the U.S. Forest Service?”)

January 2019: Director Nie was invited to speak at the Wilderness Institute Lecture Series.  His presentation—“Public Lands: A Love Story”—traces the latest developments in the land seizure movement and offers a more personal, hopeful and unifying vision for the future of federal public lands. 

September 2018: Director Nie was invited to give a keynote address, "A Primer on the Law and Politics of Multiple Use Management on Federal Public Lands," at the Restoring the West Conference at Utah State University. 

Director Nie was invited to talk about his co-authored article Fish and Wildlife Management on Federal Lands: Debunking State Supremacy and its application to current wildlife conflicts and politics at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. 

Director Nie was invited to talk about the U.S. Forest Service’s Planning Rule and its implementation at the Science of National Forest Planning Symposium at the 14th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Big Sky, Montana.   

February 2018: Director Nie completed his second term serving on the U.S. Forest Service’s National Advisory Committee on implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule.  Nie was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and served as the sole “scientific community representative” on the Committee for four years. The Committee finished its work in Washington, D.C. by making roughly 60 recommendations to the Chief of the Forest Service for how the agency could improve national forest management and the plan revisions going on throughout the country. 

Director Nie began working on the planning rule in 2010 serving on the agency’s National Science Panel. The Bolle Center will continue to be engaged in this important process.

January 2018: In Sun Valley, Idaho, Director Nie addressed the Senate Presidents’ Forum, a group of State Legislative Senate leaders from across the country, on the debate over the proposed transfer of federal public lands. Nie provided a counterview to the American Lands Council and outlined some possible ways to move federal lands management forward in the future. View a summary of Nie's debate.

December 2016:  Director Nie was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to serve as the sole Scientific Community Representative to the U.S. Forest Service’s National Advisory Committee on implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule. This is his second two-year term with the Federal Advisory Committee that is helping guide forest plan revisions being done throughout the nation.  

Feb. 2016: Director Nie was invited to speak about National Forest conflict, planning and governance at Yale Law School’s New Directions in Environmental Law Conference.