Written by Marielle Echavez, Staff Writer-

Dr. Bruce Huber, Robert & Marion Short professor of law at The University of Notre Dame, brought his lecture, This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land to UTC on Monday, Oct. 21. 

As an expert in energy law, environmental law, natural resources law and water law, Huber holds degrees from Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley. 

Before being a professor at Notre Dame, he taught for several years at Dartmouth College, and he has given lectures throughout both the United States and Europe. 

Huber brought this lecture to UTC to bring awareness about public lands all across the U.S. 

The lecture is part of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the UTC Departments of Psychology, Biology, Geology, Environmental Science, and the Notre Dame Alumni Association of Chattanooga. 

Huber brought attention to the number of public lands within America and how ownership is founded and divided among citizens since all of these lands are “public.”

“This is a topic that not many people have the opportunity to think about,” Huber said.

He said that nearly one in every three acres is owned by the U.S. federal government. 

U.S. lands are a diverse source of resources, and not many people are aware of how ownership is divided.

The lecture This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land emphasizes that all of the land within the U.S. is quite literally the land of the public. 

UTC senior Laura Andrews attended the lecture, and she said that the most interesting thing she learned about public lands is that any average person can claim land if they believe they found something of value, like gold. 

Public lands hold immense value, and this lecture provides an overview of America’s natural resource policies while also exploring the beauty and history of America’s public lands and national parks.

“This event is important because it brought attention to the insufficient system we have for public lands in the U.S.,” Andrews said. 

Huber ended his lecture by encouraging everyone to vote for officials they believe will implement policies that best benefit public land. 

The importance of conserving land as well as ensuring fairness within public land ownership are crucial in keeping U.S. public land beautiful and bountiful, he said. 

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