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Course Details

Course Code: EVSP331 Course ID: 2983 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on the federal, state, and local agencies, policies, strategies, and public law that influences the public lands management of the United States, and, to a lesser extent, other countries. The focus of the course is the historical and contemporary land management approaches used to protect, exploit, manage, and/or use public lands in the United States. Topics include jurisdictional issues over public land, federal agencies involved in land management, state and local issues and land management, and contemporary issues associated with land management in the 21st Century.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

LO-1 Define integrated natural resources management.
LO-2 Classify the types and locations of public lands in the U.S., including their major legal authorities for management.
LO-3 Assess major concerns for economics, the role of decision making and the application of geographic information systems in public lands management.
LO-4 Evaluate the application of cost-benefit analysis and input-output models for assessing resource value.
LO-5 Analyze the US Forest Service's approach to multiple-use planning.
LO-6 Summarize the resource management practices of the Bureau of Land Management.
LO-7 Examine the resource management planning practices of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
LO-8 Explain the authorities and activities of the National Park Service.
LO-9 Justify your assessment of the future of public lands in the U.S.

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Homework 36.00 %
1 Public Lands Management 9.00 %
2 The Economic Contribution of Public Lands to the US Economy 9.00 %
3 Multiple Use Management 9.00 %
4 Sustainable Land and Ecosystem Management 9.00 %
Case Study 16.00 %
Case Study (Wk 7) 16.00 %
Assessments 24.00 %
Midterm Assessment 12.00 %
Final Assessment 12.00 %

Required Readings

See the Lessons section of the classroom for additional readings and weekly lecture notes. Many readings for this course can be found in the APUS Library e-Reserve. To find the readings go to this link: Search in the Library e-Reserve section, using "EVSP331" to find the course page.

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.