F&ES 769b / 2019-2020

Seminar on Public Lands and Policy in the American West

Credits: 1

Spring 2020: Th, 2:30-4:20, 380 Edwards

Nearly 30 percent of land in the United States is owned and managed by the federal government, almost all of which is in the western U.S. (e.g. 85% of Nevada is federally owned, compared to  0.03% of Iowa and Connecticut). Thus the problems, policies, and management issues facing western lands are remarkably different than other contexts, especially in light of the west's unique ecological, social, and political landscapes. This seminar takes up these issues with a focus on the nuts and bolts of public land policy and management, using a variety of historical and contemporary case studies.