Does Domestic Grazing Belong on Public Land?

Mike Kruse

Prescott College

Mike Kruse is a recent graduate from Prescott College with a Masters in Environmental Studies. For his thesis research, he conducted attitudinal surveys of perceptions of federal public lands, comparing the states of Texas and Arizona. He has past work experience with environmental non-profits, government agencies, and as an Environmental Inspector on a pipeline.  Mike is currently happily wandering the west with his sidekick dog Roady, searching for career opportunities, enjoying public lands and the music he creates.

Alison Ormsby

University of North Carolina Asheville

Alison Ormsby teaches Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina Asheville and is a graduate mentor in Environmental Studies at Prescott College (Arizona).  She is a human ecologist with 25 years of experience working with people and protected areas, environmental education, and sacred natural sites.  She has conducted research at sacred forests in Ghana, India, and Sierra Leone and at parks in Madagascar and Belize.  Alison has numerous publications about her work, including in the books Asian Sacred Natural Sites, Philosophy and Practice in Protected Areas and Conservation (2016), Sacred Species and Sites: Advances in Biocultural Conservation (2012), Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving Nature and Culture (2010), and Greening the Great Red Island: Madagascar in Nature and Culture (2008). 


There are over 650 million acres of federal public lands in the United States. Public lands are used for a variety of different activities, ranging from preservation to recreation, to resource extraction. They provide millions... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Mike Kruse (Prescott College)
  2. Alison Ormsby (University of North Carolina Asheville)

Topic Area

Topics: Fish and Wildlife Governance (e.g. decentralization, corruption)


M-3A » Understanding the Connections Between Humans and Wildlife III (15:30 - Monday, 18th September, Assembly Hall A)

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