Natural Resource Law Online Undergraduate Course

PL 3213
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June 4 – July 29, 2018

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Continuing Education Units

4.5 CEUs

Instructor: Zach Falcon

Falcon served as Associate Director of the Writing Resource Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. As an attorney, Falcon served in the State of Alaska Department of Law, where he represented the state in civil litigation, administrative hearings, and permit appeals.

Natural Resource Law Overview

The resources of our planet are finite. Natural Resource Law looks at regulation and management of the resources found on our lands including air, water, and soil among others.

You’ll look at several national agencies including:

  • The National Parks Service
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • The Bureau of Land Management

By the end of the course you will:

  • Develop an understanding of the legal context for natural resource use and management.
  • Develop an understanding of the historical development and contemporary challenges of natural resource law and management in the United States.
  • Practice basic skills in legal research, analysis, and writing through using primary sources including statutes, regulations, and court decisions.

Natural Resource Law 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, mineral, and land including rangeland and wilderness. 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 for Unity College Students: PL 1013 or PL 2013 or Junior Status
Prerequisites for Non-Unity Students: 
A college-level government class; junior status

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