Public Land Management
About This Class
This class focuses on the philosophy, history, legal governance and management controversies surrounding our 191 million acres of National Forests. We’ll cover diverse topics ranging from the philosophy of Wilderness management to logging, over-use by recreationists and the ever-present management challenges posed by climate change. In addition to classroom lectures and speakers, this class uses an experiential education approach – field trips, meetings with government officials and possibly an optional overnight backpacking trip -- to understand first-hand the issues confronting public land management. The Public Lands Field Seminar is an adaptation of the popular Montana Field Seminar, with a focus on Eastern National Forests. This class is open to all JD, MELP and LLM students. WE'LL MEET ONCE A WEEK IN CLASS, AND HAVE A COUPLE OF FIELD TRIPS THAT WILL TAKE MOST OF THE DAY FRIDAY. Students are strongly encouraged to take Natural Resources Law before this class.