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Fall 2014
7397 WRS: Federal Natural Resources - BURKE- 25362

Professor(s): Marcilynn Burke (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 

Time: 2:30p-4:00p  TTHLocation: 117  TUII

Course Outline: This seminar will examine some of the mechanisms for the management, preservation, conservation, use, and enjoyment of natural resources on federal land and the Outer Continental Shelf. These resources include wildlife, wilderness, refuges, rivers, national parks, National Conservation Landscape System lands, minerals, conventional and renewable energy, and timber. This course considers the history, jurisdiction, and conflicts of the natural resource management agencies (primarily the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior) under the various natural resources statutes such as the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the General Mining Law, the Mineral Leasing Act, and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to name just a few. Current issues to be considered include development of renewable energy on federal lands and on the Outer Continental Shelf, hydraulic fracturing, species listings and critical habitat designations, oil and gas development in the Arctic, wild horses and burros, and other challenging natural resource management issues. Although there is not a very much federal public land in Texas, almost every major energy company in the United States and many international energy companies have significant interests on federal lands and in federal waters. If you plan to practice environmental, energy, or natural resources law, this seminar will provide you with exposure and understanding of the major issues facing the managers and users of federal natural resources today.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Quota=12

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: Yes

Course Materials (3/31/2014 1:02:10 PM)

Book Required