About this Course
The vast majority of the United States’ public lands – National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges – are located in the West. Increasing conflicts over resource use, such as extraction versus preservation and motorized versus non-motorized recreation, has led to thousands of court cases in the last three decades. Courts play a major role in public land management. This class explores the intersection of environmental and administrative law with public land management. We take a close look at how NEPA, the ESA, judicial review under the APA, and judicial interpretation of statutes that govern specific public lands (e.g., National Park Service Organic Act, National Forest Management Act) shape and control how are public lands are managed and used.