Natural Resources Journal Enters 51st Year with New Issues

The articles in Vol. 51, Issue 2, of the Natural Resources Journal (NRJ) address topics important to the wild, the urban and the intercontinental environment, all of which reflect the journal’s core editorial mission: to offer interdisciplinary scholarship on natural resources topics at the forefront of the 21st-century experience.

In terms of keeping the wild truly wild, author Gordon Steinhoff delves into the issue of interpreting the federal Wilderness Act and its impact on land-management goals: when does human manipulation of these protected wilderness areas become too much?

Moving from the wild to the manmade, a trio of topics is presented:

  • Keith H. Hirokawa presents new perspectives on how to value urban forests, reaching beyond these green spaces’ natural benefits in order to quantify their economic impacts as well.
  • Caitlin S. Dyckman examines interbasin water disputes by comparing the recent conflict among South Carolina and its sister states with the seminal Colorado River lawsuit, Arizona v. California.
  • Student author Ashleigh G. Morris, winner of the University of New Mexico’s School of Law’s Albert E. Utton Natural Resources Law Award recognizing excellence in natural resources, explores how conservation easements can be successfully applied to urban revitalization projects, including an examination of two groundbreaking city parks in Memphis, Tenn. and Santa Fe.

Additional articles address international topics:

  • Co-authors Allan Ingelson and Lincoln Mitchell examine the ground-breaking Glamis Gold mining case, the first environmental takings dispute under the North American Free Trade Agreement to consider the implications of mine development on governmental regulation aimed at protecting the environment.
  • Hugo Tremblay explores water resource management issues by examining both the positive and negative interplay between two different management frameworks: integrated water resources management and the human rights-based approach to development.

The NRJ’s first issue of 2011 addressed a broad mix of topics and geographic perspectives, ranging from New Mexico case studies concerning endangered species reintroduction and consumptive water calculations to the public trust doctrine at work in California, the trust species concept as defined by the National Wildlife Refuge System and the need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate livestock-produced methane gas.

Complete articles of both issues can be read online at the NRJ website.

December 15, 2011