Environmental Law & Natural Resources

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Meeting Times

Day Time Location
TUE, WED, THU 1:05 - 1:55 pm TNH 3.124

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final exam (administered by Exam4 in Open Laptop mode) December 8, 2023 1:30 pm 2.124
Midterm exam October 10, 2023 1:05 pm - 1:55 pm 3.124


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 : A Place-Based Book of Problems And Cases *
KLEIN, Christine A., BIRDSONG, Bret C., KLASS, Alexandra B., BIBER, Eric, OWEN, Dave, Biber, Eric, Birdsong, Bret C., Klass, Alexandra B., Klein, Christine A., and Owen, David
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. , edition: 5
ISBN: 978-1-5438-3890-9


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10/31/2023 Exam information updated
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