Natural Resource Law Online Undergraduate Course

PL 3213

June 5 - July 30, 2017

*Unity College Students should register for this class on their student portal.

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Cost per Credit Hour

$570

Total Course Cost

$1,710

Continuing Education Units

4.5 CEUs

This course explores the development of natural resource law primarily, but not exclusively, on public lands, the decision process of the agencies that manage those lands, and the laws that establish the limits of the authority for that management.

Course Description

3 Credit Hours

Natural resource law pertains to the regulation, management, and allocation of open access resources such as forests, fisheries and wildlife, water, land, including rangeland and wilderness, and minerals. This law is older than, and in many ways established the framework for, the major modern environmental pollution statutes, such as the Clean Air and Water Acts, which are covered in a separate course, Environmental Law. Because one-third of this nation’s lands are federal public lands, much of the natural resource law has developed in the context of the management of public lands by federal land management agencies, including the NPS, FWS, FS, and the BLM. This course will focus on the development of natural resource law primarily, but not exclusively, on public lands; the decision process of the agencies that manage the natural resources on those lands; and the laws that establish the limits of the authority for that management. Using case studies and current issues, students will learn how different stakeholders and the courts have influenced the law that determines how our natural resources are managed and protected. 3 class hours.

Prerequisites: Completed a minimum of 60 college credits

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