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Public Land and Resources Law

Elective Course

This course examines the basic historic, political, and economic forces that continue to shape the legal development of federal public land and natural resources law.

Topics for analysis and discussion include:

  1. the historical epochs of public land law including the eras of acquisition, disposal, withdrawal or retention, and the modern public land management era;
  2. the evolving division of jurisdictional and managerial authority over America's public lands;
  3. the statutory and regulatory standards governing the use of specific natural resources on public lands; and
  4. assessment of pending legislative or administrative reforms of America's public land laws.