Land Use: Past, Present, and Future

Edward Wells, Wilson College

In this laboratory activity students will gain an understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and be able to apply it to a (perhaps hypothetical) community project. In the process, they will learn the methods of investigating an environmental history and integrate this pursuit with sciences of ecology and geology along with environmental land use policy. While engaged in this activity students will come to understand and apply the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for a class project, understand and execute geological and geographical analysis for the study area, understand the land use policy issues confronting the project, and make recommendations.

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Subject: Environmental Science:Policy:US National Policy, Biology, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Topics: Human Dimensions/Resources, Biosphere
Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Public Policy, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science