Franklin Students Participating in Bureau of Land Management Celebration

Posted by Community Relations Department on 9/26/2012

Seventeen Franklin students are participating in a Bureau of Land Management 200-year celebration this semester, with a curriculum that traces the development of public lands and public land laws, including historical events in U.S. history that led to the formation of Arizona in the country’s westward expansion.   The students are learning how that expansion to the Southwest during the 19th and 20th centuries led to cadastral land surveying. They will get a hands-on introduction to surveying, using historical and modern-day methods on a field trip.  The coursework culminates with the class attending the Public Lands Commemoration Forum, September 27, where Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former Secretary of the Interior and Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt will be among the speakers.  The speakers will discuss the roles of the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of the federal government and how these branches influenced the development of the public lands and public land laws.