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MIC Lecture Series Presents: “Public Lands: Where, Why, and How?” by Walt Dabney

September 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm MDT


Public lands are a testament to the historical, cultural, and environmental legacy of a nation. But where did they originate? Why is there a significant disparity in their distribution across states? Walt Dabney, a seasoned authority on the subject, will navigate these questions and much more in an engaging lecture dedicated to the intricate history and importance of public lands in the U.S.

Whether you’re curious about the formation of states, the constitutional stance on these lands, the influence of pivotal acts like the Homestead and the Railroad Act, or the inception of National Parks and Forests, this lecture is designed to provide comprehensive insights. Furthermore, Dabney will delve into the contemporary relevance of these lands, emphasizing their significance in today’s socio-environmental landscape.

Why Attend?

  • Discover the intricate history and politics surrounding the establishment and management of public lands.
  • Unravel the mysteries behind the distribution of public lands across different states.
  • Engage in a lively discussion post-presentation, bringing your questions and viewpoints to the table.


  • Location: Moab Information Center (MIC), Main Hall.
  • Admission: Free, but seating may be limited. Ensure early arrival to secure a spot.

About the Presenter:
Walt Dabney’s illustrious career has spanned roles as a National Park Ranger, Superintendent, and the Director of Texas State Parks. His in-depth knowledge and firsthand experience make him a captivating speaker, weaving historical events with contemporary issues concerning public lands.

What to Expect:
An hour-long enlightening presentation accompanied by visual aids, followed by an interactive Q&A session. Attendees are encouraged to participate actively, fostering an environment of knowledge sharing and debate.


September 21, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm MDT
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Moab Information Center
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