National University

EES336 Natural Resource Conservation

Lead Faculty: Dr. Michael R. Maxwell

Course Description

An overview of the distribution and uses of world natural resources and the application of economic concepts to the management of specific renewable resources. Examines specific resources such as soil, water, grasslands, forests, marine habitats, fish and game populations and energy resources.

Learning Outcomes

  • Distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable resources, the different management strategies required for each and the economic perspectives of natural resource use.
  • Describe and provide an analysis of current issues confronting the management and economics of specific resources such as: forests, range lands, riparian habitats, fisheries, game populations, water resources, soils, energy resources, parks and wilderness areas.
  • Apply principles of economics to identify the causes, consequences and ways of dealing with natural resource problems, including but not limited to: a. Defining economic efficiency as a tool for evaluating natural resource use and policy; b. Analyzing sources of inefficiency and constructing policy options to reduce inefficiency; and c. Applying economic concepts to the management of specific resource classes/categories.
  • Formulate a "conservation alternative" or natural resources policy, based on sound conservation and economic principles, to manage and enhance global natural resources.