Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Top 5 Natural Resource Law Films

As promised last week when I posted my top 5 environmental law films, below are my favorite films relating to my Public Land and Natural Resource Law course. I include films on industrial agriculture because of its great importance, though I don’t actually find time to teach much on it.  The first two on the list may be hard to get hold of, but they are well worth it because they are excellent and have a lot of legally-related content.

Happy viewing!

- Lesley McAllister

Natural Resource Law Films - Top 5

1) The God Squad and the Case of the Northern Spotted Owl (2001, 57 mins.): On the controversial Endangered Species Committee proceedings over the Northern Spotted Owl

2) Wilderness Idea: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot and the First Great Battle for Wilderness
 (1989, 58 Minutes): On the ethics of preservation and conservation (VHS Format)

3) Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America (2004, 80 mins.): About the 1964 Wilderness Act (Netflix)

4) Counting Sheep: Restoring the Sierra Nevada Bighorn (2004, 60 mins): About Bighorn sheep and mountain lions in the Sierra Nevada (Netflix)

5) Food, Inc. (2009, 91 mins): On industrial agriculture and the livestock industry in the US (Netflix)

Being Caribou (2004, 72 mins):  On caribou in the Arctic, particularly in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge where oil drilling has been proposed. 

American Outrage (2008, 60 min): On the Western Shoshone and grazing in the West (Netflix)

Brave New West (2008, 87 min): About environmental conservation in the American West (Netflix)

King Corn (2008, 90 mins): On industrial agriculture and our food system's heavy reliance on subsidized corn (Netflix)


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Many of the films on your list are distributed by a company called Bullfrog Films. I've seen clips of them on their YouTube Channel...God Squad and Being Caribous for sure.

Posted by: Fah Fah Fah | Jun 9, 2011 7:26:30 AM

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