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MSU rural geographer Dr. Julia Haggerty will talk about public access to recreation opportunities and wildlife resources on private lands.
In Montana, ongoing debates about public access to recreation opportunities and wildlife resources on private land highlight the uncertainties arising from the state’s shifting demographics and land tenure patterns. This project seeks to evaluate the strengths and vulnerabilities of the current institutions that undergird public access to waterways from an integrated social and ecological perspective. We hope our work can prompt discussion about ways to analyze and consider possible socio-ecological outcomes of future economic and environmental change in Montana. This paper will report preliminary findings based on media and legal document analysis and stakeholder interviews.
Bio: Julia Haggerty is rural geographer working to understand the interactions between natural resource use and the social and economic well being of rural communities. Prior to joining MSU’s Earth Sciences Department in the fall of 2013, Haggerty worked for five years as a policy analyst for the regional non-profit research group Headwaters Economics. She holds a PhD from the University of Colorado and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Otago (New Zealand).
Program Director: Ray Callaway
Project Administrator: Todd Kipfer
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620