NR 515 - Natural Resources Policy and Biodiversity

  • 3 credits

This course addresses natural resources policy formulation from historical and current perspectives. It addresses traditional land use issues (forestry, range, wildlife, land, water, and air) from individual perspectives and using the holistic concepts of biodiversity which seek integrated planning and management. Students read about significant laws, court decisions, and policy; follow bills and report about the legislative process; and evaluate modern projects with a biodiversity goal.

This course can be applied towards:


POLS 100 to 481-at least 1 course and NR 100 to 281-at least 1 course.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Environmental Policy and Biodiversity, 2nd Ed. (1994)
    R.E. Grumbine
  • NR 515 Study Guide
    D. Benson
  • Renewable Resource Policy: The Legal-Institutional Foundations (1993)
    D. A. Adams
  • Understanding Environmental Administration and Law, 2nd Ed. (1996)
    S. J. Buck


Delwin Benson
Delwin Benson

(970) 491-6411 |

Delwin E. Benson, Ph.D., is a professor and extension wildlife specialist in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. He teaches on campus about public relations in natural resources policy and takes students on field wildlife studies. He also teaches distance learning courses through Continuing Education.