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Fall 2013 - Environmental Law & Natural Resources

Taylor, Melinda E

Credit Hours: 3  Course ID: 341L  Unique # 29080

Meeting Day(s)TimeLocation
MTW3:45 - 4:35 pmTNH 3.125
Exam Type  Date Time      Name Range Regular Room Extegrity Room
Final Wednesday, December 18 8:30 am - A-Z
2.138
2.138
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.

Description
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.

Related Course Areas
Textbooks
Natural Resources law and Policy - Rasband, et al.
  Foundation Press, edition: 2d
  ISBN: 978-1-59941-0   (required)