Natural Resources

Fall 2011 Natural Resources Law Class at UB

Blog Instructions for Students September 6, 2011

Greetings students.

Your class participation credit in this course includes posting and commenting on this blog. You have each been assigned a week to blog. During that week, you are required to post at least twice. You may comment on posts by others at any time during the semester.


To post on this blog, you will need to follow a few steps.

First, you need to have a wordpress account. Set up a word press account and user profile. I encourage (but do not require) you to add a photo.If you have not already done so, you should have received an invitation to join wordpress. If you are enrolled in the course, but did not yet receive an invitation contact me: jol at buffalo dot edu.

Second, once you have a wordpress account, I will add you as an author to the blog. You should receive notification that you have been added.

Third, there are a few different ways to post. I find it easiest to go to the tab that says “Blog” and then select “New Post.” You can also go to “Dashboard” and then “Posts” and then Add a New Post.

Fourth, compose your post. Your post will be primarily text, but feel free to follow instructions on word press for adding links, photos, or videos.

Finally, push the (usually) blue button and publish your post.


Anyone can post on this blog (whether in the class or no). Simply follow the instructions for commenting. You can comment without logging in, but please remember to sign your name to you posts. Remember to be courteous and respectful in comments and posts, even if you are disagreeing with someone. As the administrator, I will delete any posts that I deem spam, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate.


You can also e-mail me links or pages you think would be interesting and I can add them to the blog. Also, feel free to use the blog to make announcements that are relevant to the class or that you think your classmates would find interesting.


One Response to “Blog Instructions for Students”

  1. ggoocchh Says:

    Professor Owley has mentioned how Natural Resources Law is often a conflict between the environment and economics. Another example of this is Vermont post Tropical Storm Irene. Vermont suffered terribly floods and serious damage from tremendous rain. This damage included streams that jumped their banks, cutting swaths through developed lands, and destroying roads. In an effort to get the state back on its feet, the State DEC gave landowners, towns, and other agencies the permission to work unsupervised in streams. Although these efforts were surely welcomed in the short term they will cause the state to pay in the long term.
    Much of this work has exceeded what needed to be done. Many of Vermont’s streams have been channelized and dredged. Ruining the natural features of the streams and destroying habitat. Although this allows Vermont to get back to normal it will not be without costs.
    By making the streams a channelized man-made creation they will only make the next storm worse. They will allow streams to be fast and furious. The next round of flooding could be worse, because of hasty repairs to the streams.
    If we look at streams and rivers more as a natural resource, something to be protected, sustained, cherished. We would be far better off. Streams are natural resources that provide ecosystem services. We need to stop viewing things in terms of either the environment or economics. This can be accomplished when we look at thinking of how our natural resources can provide for us, and in fact often save us money.

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