This course presents an introduction to statutory and case law concerning federal lands, state lands, conservation transactions, wildlife, the Endangered Species Act, water resources, wetlands, and fire. Examples from New Mexico supplement the text. We have presentations from natural resource practitioners and from those involved in legislative change. Students choose a book from the vast literature about the West and reflect on some aspect of history, culture, geography, etc.
The class is appropriate for students who would like an overview of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, but who do not intend to pursue a concentration in this area.