988 SP Environmental Law: Natural Resources - §001, Spring 2011

Categories: Environmental Law Administrative and Regulatory Law

Instructor(s) Tai, Steph

This course covers the law and policy of the disposition and
use of natural resources in the

United States
We will emphasize federally owned and managed resources, especially the nearly
one-third of this country's land area that is owned by the federal government,
although you will also learn a little about the management of state and private
lands as well. Main topics include the history of public land law; the
constitutional basis for federal control of natural resources, and legal
doctrines and principles that cut across the whole field. We will study two
important statutes that, while often included in environmental law curricula,
are equally pivotal to natural land use and management in the

: the National Environmental Policy
Act and the Endangered Species Act. We will then turn to studies of particular
types of resources, including fisheries, wilderness and recreational areas,
water, rangelands, federally owned minerals, and forests.






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