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The Evolution of Federal Public Land Management   

This seven-lecture course will cover this country's federal land management policies from the Revolutionary War to the present. It will review the Constitutional basis for federal land ownership and demonstrate how for the first 100 years, the divestiture of our publicly owned lands was this country's top priority. The subsequent emergence of a public land conservation movement and the creation of the National Park, Wildlife Refuge, and Forest Systems will be traced. Focus will include the management of the Wildlife Refuge and National Park Systems, including an in-depth look at the Everglades, Yosemite, and Yellowstone, with an eminent guest lecturer. The course will also focus on the establishment of more than 100 million acres of new conservation areas in Alaska and the old growth forest battles in the Northwest. There will be no assigned reading, and the course will involve a mixture of lectures and class discussions. No prior knowledge/skill sets will be required.

  • The Evolution of Federal Public Land Management
  • Item Number: W23HIST110M
    Dates: 1/10/2023 - 2/21/2023
    Times: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 7
    Maximum Enrollment:  30
    Building: Medford Higher Education Center
    Room: Room 118
    Instructor: Don Barry
    Registration for this course is closed. 
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