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Natural Resources Law

  • Offered occasionally

This three-credit survey course provides an introduction to federal natural resources law, with an emphasis on living resources. In a mixed lecture and seminar format, we will examine the themes and theoretical conflicts that underlie natural resource management, as well as the special qualities of natural resource problems that render management efforts so difficult.

Specific topics will include the legal treatment of wildlife and biodiversity, fisheries and marine resources, water resources, forests and rangelands, protected public lands, multiple use public lands, and energy. Throughout the course, we will probe the interplay between environmental, economic, cultural, and political factors in natural resource decision-making.

In lieu of a final exam, students will produce a 20-page final paper and participate in a weekly online discussion group. Students will also participate in a mid-semester Friday field trip (more details are available in the syllabus, which will be placed on reserve at the library). Environmental certificate and non-certificate students are all welcome in the course.