Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Grey Wolves

Balancing natural resources uses with the needs of ecosystems and biodiversity is increasingly critical with climate change and impacts to forests, lands, waters, and species. A web of laws govern the protection and extraction of these vital natural resources we depend on in our daily lives.

Lawyers and policymakers work on a variety of issues in the natural resources field, domestically and around the world, including public lands such as national forests and wilderness areas, forest and timber resources, mining and minerals, water rights, and endangered species. 


Alumni on the Front Lines

  • Lizzy Potter Headshot

    Advocates for the West

    As climate change rapidly changes Western landscapes, the conservation field must focus on protecting the communities and ecosystems most at risk. I enjoy working with clients to craft and execute legal strategies that help address such pressing environmental threats.

  • Parks Gilbert, LLM '13, fishing on the Yellowstone River near Livingston, MT

    Policy Advisor
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C.

    I’m honored to have worked in various roles supporting wildlife conservation, a cause I care deeply about. Lewis & Clark helped prepare me for this career by, among other things, exposing me to issues and stakeholder perspectives I’ve encountered.

Doing the Work

Gain practical experience in natural resources issues through our on-campus clinics and institutes:

Earthrise Law Center Global Law Alliance Green Energy Institute