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ESM 278

Natural Resources Law and Policy *

James Salzman

Prerequisites: None

Units: 2


This course explores the law and policy of how we use nature - timber, mining, bioversity, fisheries, water rights, and agriculture. It describes the historical and constitutional geography of American public lands: the national parks, forests, wilderness system, and grazing lands, and disputes over federal versus local control of these. There is special attention to the historical and political origins of our competing ideas of how nature matters and what we should do with it, from economically productive use to outdoor recreation to preserving the natural world for its own sake. 

*** This course is offered every other year ***

Course Syllabus: Spring 2020

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