Ecosystem Management Law (2-3 credits)

This course examines laws that are designed or may be used to manage the use and conservation of environmental and natural resources using an ecosystem-level perspective. This approach, known as ecosystem management, is quickly becoming a dominant organizing theme for environmental and natural resources law at the federal and state level. The course provides an overview of the general principles of ecosystem management policy, followed by a survey of the laws pertaining to forest ecosystems, grassland ecosystems, freshwater ecosystems, ocean and coastal ecosystems, fragile ecosystems, and human-dominated ecosystems. Prerequisites: None.