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Andrus Center for Public Policy

The Andrus Center for Public Policy advances the legacy issues of former Idaho Governor and Secretary of the Interior, Cecil D. Andrus — wise use of our environmental resources and public lands, proper funding of education for our children and the cultivation of leadership from all segments of our society. The Andrus Center provides a nationally respected forum for addressing vital public policy issues of our time.

What We Do

Our well-attended events highlight independent, nonpartisan engagement on critical issues confronting Idaho, the American West, and the United States.

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Our Legacy and Future Challenges

The Sawtooth NRA at 50

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area was created 50 years ago to protect the iconic mountain landscapes of central Idaho. Rather than create a national park, Congress believed that a national recreation area would preserve the natural, scenic, historic, pastoral, and fish and wildlife values while also providing a recreational playground for Idahoans and the nation.

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Andrus Scholars Program

The Andrus Scholars Program awards scholarships each year to outstanding Boise State University students focused on environmental studies and provides summer internships at federal, state, non-profit, and other mission centered business enterprises that provide meaningful work experience to enhance learning and skill development.

In 2019 we honored one student, three students in 2020, six students in 2021, and this year we honor five with this distinction!
Learn more about the Andrus Scholars 2022 cohort!