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3 Prescott College students participate in National Student Congress

Las Cruces, N.M. – Three Prescott College students will take part in the third National Student Congress on Public Land Policy for Land Management, sponsored by the Public Lands Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces District. The event is scheduled for Sept. 8-11 at the Ramada Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Mike Kruse, Colleen Boge and Anna Jorgensen have been selected to participate in the four-day event, which will explore, discuss and formulate responses to questions on the future of public land management and its relevance in today’s social and political climate. The body of work they produce will provide public policy recommendations to the BLM and Department of the Interior leaders for their consideration.

The Student Congress will focus discussions on the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. The significance of FLPMA is that it changed the mission of the BLM from land disposal to land retention and management for multiple uses, which eventually led to BLM also becoming a conservation agency.

Kruse began his Master of Science degree at the University of Idaho and is concluding his thesis through Prescott College. He was selected for his interest in outdoor and environmental education.

“I am currently working on my thesis, ‘This Land is Our Land: A Public Lands Oral History Project.’ My aim is to collect stories and opinions from a wide variety of people from Arizona and Texas and compare and contrast their opinions for the importance of public lands,” Kruse said. “The results should be interesting as there are a number of contrasts between the two states. One main difference is that Arizona consists of almost 40 percent federal public lands, and Texas only has 1.5 percent.”

Boge, a junior at Prescott College, was selected for her interest in environmental education and sustainable community development.

“After completing my bachelor’s degree, I hope to enroll into an accelerated social justice and human rights master’s program,” Boge said. “My career goals are simply to improve the lives of my loved ones and my community through youth education programs, local and state policy reform and community-driven environmental justice projects.”

Other participating students are Claire Montoya – New Mexico State University; Mackenzie Case, Erik Olsen, Jared Tally and Kim Young – Boise State University; JD Figura and Smith Wells – Montana State University; Sam Smith – University of Colorado; Aaron Cinque – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Alyssa Dawson – University of Oregon; Brandon Flack – Utah State University, Claire Martini – Grand Canyon Trust Uplift Program; Sydney White – West Virginia University; and Jermaine Moore – BLM National Training Center.

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