Natural resource laws seek to minimize the impact of human activity on the environment and, in particular, protects those parts of nature we, as humans, deem to be important. It includes protection of land, wildlife, air, water and other resources; and is closely tied to water law, environmental law, agriculture law, Native-American claims and the Endangered Species Act. Natural resource lawyers represent individual water users and stakeholders, municipalities, cities, counties, and states navigating the many laws that regulate the use of and protect natural resources.
Natural Resources Defined
According to federal law 42 USCS § 9601, the term natural resources means "land, fish, wildlife, biota, air, water, ground water, drinking water supplies, and other such resources belonging to, managed by, held in trust by, appertaining to, or otherwise controlled by the United States (including the resources of the fishery conservation zone established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act [16 USCS §§ 1801 et seq.]), any State or local government, any foreign government, any Indian tribe, or, if such resources are subject to a trust restriction on alienation, any member of an Indian tribe."