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273.63 sec. 001 - Public Lands and Natural Resources Law (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Gregory Cahill Loarie  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


F 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Law 10
From January 13, 2023
To April 21, 2023

Course Start: January 13, 2023
Course End: April 21, 2023
Class Number: 32588

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 17
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

Nearly a third of the total land in the United States, and almost half of the eleven western States, is currently owned by the federal government. Management of these vast federal public lands and their enormous natural resources impacts all of us and will profoundly affect our collective capacity to stabilize the climate, redress colonial injustice, and preserve biodiversity in the 21st century.

This course surveys the complex constitutional and statutory law governing federal public lands and natural resources. We will review the history of public land acquisition, disposition, and reservation, and we will look closely at the agencies responsible for administering federal lands today. We will cover a substantial amount of administrative law and its application to natural resources management, with a particular emphasis on the judiciary’s role in public land management. Statutes covered in detail include the National Forest Management Act, the General Mining Law of 1872, the Taylor Grazing Act, the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Antiquities Act, the Park Service Organic Act, and the Wilderness Act. Students will have an opportunity to work with and produce materials commonly used in administrative and environmental law practice, such as comments on proposed rules and environmental review documents.

Greg Loarie is a senior attorney at the public interest environmental law firm Earthjustice, where he has had the opportunity to litigate cases involving nearly all the principal statutes governing federal public lands and natural resources.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 3 hours
Course Category: Environmental and Energy Law

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  • Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases
    Christine A. Klein, Bret C. Birdsong, Alexandra B. Klass, Eric Biber, Dave Owen
    Edition: Fifth Edition, 2022
    Publisher: Aspen Publishing
    ISBN: 9781543838909
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Price: $298.00
    Price Source: user provided

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