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Ruple quoted in Huffington Post about Obama’s fight to save public lands

John Ruple, an associate professor (research) at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was quoted in an article in The Huffington Post about the fight to save public lands in advance of President-elect Donald Trump taking office.  Read the article here.     

Ruple discusses monument designation with National Geographic

S.J. Quinney College of Law professor John Ruple was interviewed by National Geographic in a Nov. 15 story titled, “What Does Trump Mean for America’s Lands and Waters? From oil exploration to the Clean Water Act, the incoming Trump Administration stands to make a break from previous policy.” “The Antiquities Act gives the president the […]

Ruple featured on National Public Radio about Bundy acquittal

John Ruple, associate professor (research) at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, was interviewed by National Public Radio on the recent acquittal of Ammon Bundy and six other militants who occupied a bird sanctuary in Oregon earlier this year to protest the federal government’s role in public lands. The segment aired on public radio stations […]

Ruple cited in Reuters story on public land transfer

S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor John Ruple was cited in an August 20, 2016 Reuters story tilted “Conservatives split over U.S. land transfers to Western states.”  As the story notes, more than 30 bills pushing for federal land transfers were introduced in Western states in 2015, more than a dozen more have been filed […]

Ruple discusses public lands research on KPCW

John Ruple, associate professor (research) at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, appeared on KPCW to discuss recently released research on public lands. New research from Ruple found that transferring millions of acres of federally managed public lands to states, as contemplated under Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act, would make Endangered Species Act compliance […]

Transfer of federal lands to states would make Endangered Species Act compliance more expensive and difficult

New study published in a University of California, Davis environmental journal explores the impact of a land transfer on Endangered Species Act compliance. (June 29, 2016) — New research from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law finds that transferring millions of acres of federally managed public lands to states, as contemplated under […]

Public lands research by Keiter and Ruple mentioned in Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake Tribune referenced research by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professors Bob Keiter and John Ruple in a news article published this week related to the state’s lawsuit over federal lands. Keiter and Ruple have published several white papers on various issues related to the transfer of public lands from […]

Congressional Quarterly cites public lands work of Keiter and Ruple

The April 22, 2016 issue of Congressional Quarterly cited the work of Professors Bob Keiter and John Ruple in an article titled, “Managing Western Lands: Should the U.S. turn over federal lands to the states?” But John Ruple, a University of Utah law professor and co-author of a legal analysis of the transfer movement, says Utah […]

Ruple quoted in, “4 Myths About America’s Parks and Public Lands”

S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor John Ruple was quoted in a Wilderness Society story titled, “4 Myths About America’s Parks and Public Lands.” Ruple was one of four public lands experts cited. The story got broad exposure when shared by Outdoor Industry Association. Read the complete story at OutdoorIndustry.org»

Ruple publishes national monument op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune

Wallace Stegner Center professor John Ruple published an op-ed in the March 26, 2016 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune. The opinion, titled “Recent national monuments have protected local interests,” addresses public lands and the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument proposal. For 110 years, the Antiquities Act has empowered presidents to protect lands […]