Conservation Planning and Law

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 25

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /12
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1540-1740 WB121

Course Description

This seminar will explore planning techniques and legal issues surrounding protection of landscapes of natural, historical and cultural value and public uses of those landscapes. Students’ work is client-oriented and project-based. Prospective projects include extension of the Rivanna Trail system; protection of conservation easements in the Blue Ridge Mountains; development of trails connecting the University’s Morven Farm with adjacent historical and natural sites and linking Charlottesville to the Shenandoah National Park; and the creation of parks and conservation areas within the region. Students will have the opportunity to research the legal and institutional means by which natural and cultural sites are recognized and protected, issues of public use, access and liability, property instruments used in the creation of conservation sites (fee ownership, easements, leases), etc. We also plan to offer field trips to relevant sites.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students will be required to complete exercises, client writings, presentations, final reports, and a short reflective essay. All work should be submitted directly to professors (not via EXPO).

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 125210064

Modified Type: Simulation

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law

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