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Public Lands and Resources Law

This course surveys the constitutional, statutory and common law governing the management of federal lands. It includes a review of the history of public land acquisition, disposition, and reservation, and also examines the authority of Congress, the executive, the judiciary, and the states over public lands which predominate in the western United States. The course examines laws related to the use of forest, range, mineral, water, wildlife, recreation and wilderness resources of the public lands as well as the application of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act to federal lands. Grades are based on examination and class participation.