John Freemuth

Dr. John Freemuth teaches in the Boise State University Master of Public Administration Program and Political Science Department. Freemuth’s research and teaching emphasis is in natural resource and public land policy and administration. He is the author of an award-winning book, Islands under Siege: National Parks and the Politics of External Threats (University Of Kansas, 1991), numerous articles on aspects of natural resource policy, and eight Andrus Center white papers.

Dr. Freemuth has worked on many projects with federal and state resource bureaus, including the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service at the federal level, Departments of Fish and Game and Parks and Recreation, and the Division of Environmental Quality in the State of Idaho. He was the chair of the Science Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management, where he worked on policies to improve the use of scientific information for land managers and to develop the relationship between science and democratic decision processes. He has also been a high school teacher and seasonal park ranger. While a ranger at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, he wrote “Wanderer for Beauty: Everett Ruess in the Glen Canyon Area,” a park interpretive handout.