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 toward:


One course in political science; introductory course to natural resources management fields.

Important Information

Registration is restricted to FWCB Plan C Masters students through Dec. 20. Any seats remaining in the course will be available to non-Plan C students after Dec. 20.

Please note that Dr. Benson teaches section 801 and Dr. Arnett teaches section 802.

Textbooks and Materials

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


  • **Section 801 Only**: Renewable Resource Policy: The Legal-Institutional Foundations (1993)
    D. A. Adams
  • **Section 801 Only**: Understanding Environmental Administration and Law, 3rd Ed. (2006)
    S. J. Buck
  • **Section 801 Only**; Environmental Policy and Biodiversity, 2nd Ed. (1994)
    R. E. Grumbine

Required Text for Section 802:
North American Wildlife Policy and Law (2018)
W.B Kessler, B.D Leopold, and J.L. Cummins
ISBN: 978-1940860275
*Not available in the CSU Bookstore.
Textbook may be purchased here.
Coupon code to save 50% on the hardcover or e-book editions (discount taken at checkout): NAWPLPM50


Ed Arnett
Ed Arnett

Dr. Ed Arnett is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University since 2014. He also is Chief Scientist for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership – a DC-based conservation policy non-governmental organization. He has extensive experience in wildlife management, research and policy in North America.

Delwin Benson
Delwin Benson

(970) 491-6411 |

Dr. Delwin Benson is Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University since 1975. He has extensive experience concerning wildlife management in Canada, South Africa, Australia, South America and Europe.

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