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NR 515 - Natural Resources Policy and Biodiversity

  • 3 credits

This course assesses the history, foundation and evolution of policies, laws and administrative approaches that govern fish, wildlife and natural resources management, as well as contemporary development, implementation and enforcement of state and federal wildlife statutes and administrative policy in the United States. Students read about significant laws, court decisions, and policy; follow bills and report about the legislative process; and evaluate contemporary issues surrounding policy, biodiversity, and conservation of habitats.

This course can be applied toward:


One political science course (POLS 100 to 481 - at least 1 course); and one natural resource management course (NR 100 to 281 - at least 1 course); or consent of instructor.

Important Information

Registration is restricted to FWCB Plan C Masters and Conservation Actions Certificate students through Dec. 16. Any seats remaining in the course will be available to non-Plan C students after Dec. 16.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • North American Wildlife Policy and Law. (Boone and Crockett Club, Missoula, Montana, USA) (2018)
    Leopold, B. D., W. B. Kessler, and J. L. Cummins.
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
    **Students will get a 50% off discount code from the Boone and Crockett Club.


Ed Arnett
Ed Arnett

Dr. Ed Arnett is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University since 2014. He also is Chief Executive Officer for The Wildlife Society – the professional society for wildlife biologists and students with more than 11,000 members. He has extensive experience in wildlife management, research, and policy in North America.