Natural Resources Law

Course Information

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Meeting Times

Day Time Location
TUE, WED, THU 10:35 - 11:29 am TNH 2.124

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Midterm exam (administered by Faculty Coordinator) March 11, 2021 10:35 am - 11:29 am
Final exam (administered by Faculty Coordinator) May 5, 2021


This course will be taught in person but with the option of remote participation via Zoom.  Please note that this course might become online-only in the event that actual in-person attendance during the semester consistently falls below a threshold to be determined in the exercise of reasonable discretion by the instructor and the Student Affairs Office.

This three credit survey course focuses on the legal issues that pervade the conservation and regulation of public lands, wildlife, fisheries, and wetlands. These issues include, among others, competing claims of the "public interest" versus private property rights; the roles of administrative agencies and the judiciary in environmental decision making; tensions presented by the multiple use/sustainable yield standard in federal law; conflicts among and between local, state, and federal approaches to natural resource regulation; and the opposing goals of resource management espoused by fishermen, farmers, developers, environmentalists, and recreational users. These issues will be developed in the context of the regulatory schemes embodied in the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act and the various statutes that govern federal public lands, such as the Wilderness Act and Federal Land Policy Management Act. The focus of the course is primarily U.S. law; however, it will touch on international law relevant to natural resources and, where appropriate, compare U.S. law to the laws of other countries.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Natural Resources Law and Policy *
Rasband, James, Salzman, James, Squillace, Mark, Kalen, Sam
West Academic , edition: 3
ISBN: 978-1-60930-442-3


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Date Updated
03/05/2021 Exam information updated