Courses

ENVR E-161A: Advancing Sustainability through Land Conservation Practice in the United States and Around the World

This course focuses on the extraordinary growth and success of public and private land conservation in the United States and abroad during the past forty years. We delve into the origins of land conservation and its development, in the context of the broader environmental movement, in the United States and around the world. Early lectures review the first major trend in land protection, which was the creation of public parks, forests, and nature preserves, including landmark actions to create emblematic landscapes like the Boston Common, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, and the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Our focus then shifts to what has become one of the best-kept secrets in conservation—the dramatic growth, effectiveness, scale, and practicality of private land conservation. We discuss the range of practice of land trusts in the US, including public-private conservation partnerships, and we address the growing but under-recognized private lands conservation efforts outside the US. We pay special attention to the building blocks of private and public land conservation, including financial incentives; practical and flexible legal agreements and instruments; financing mechanisms; entities to facilitate these projects, including land trusts; protection criteria; community values; and the growing importance of climate change issues in land protection. 

Professor: 

Henry Tepper
Frank Lowenstein

Season: 

Fall

Days: 

T

Time: 

5:30-7:30

Course ID: 

15150
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