By Casey Crowley

Starting on Aug. 22 Baker City will be the host of the Fourth Annual Public Lands Foundation Student Congress.

The event is put on by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Public Lands Foundation (PLF) and will run through Aug. 25.

Twenty-nine students from across the United States and Canada will travel to Baker City to participate in discussions about future land management. This years congress will have four more participants than the first three after they received about 65 applications. This is about twice as many as the previous three.

Former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts will also attend the event as a featured speaker, along with Jim Caswell, former BLM director.

This year’s student congress marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and National Trails Act. The theme of the event will reflect on the two acts.

The main congress meetings will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Sunridge Inn. The event will begin Wednesday afternoon at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act designates that any river that meets certain criteria should be preserved.

The National Trails Act calls for the establishment of public trails across the country.

Students participating in the event are from a wide array of colleges ranging from Oregon and Idaho to Florida and Canada. Two of the participants are returning for their second student congress.

At the conclusion of the event, the congress will make recommendations to BLM and PLF officials about the future of land management.