February 1, 2008

Book Review - The Evolution of National Wildlife Law

The Evolution of National Wildlife Law
3rd ed.
Michael J. Bean and Melanie J. Rowland
KF 5640 .B4 1997

Bean and Rowland present a straightforward history of the law pertaining to wildlife and conservation. The first part presents background on legal thought concerning the environment. It also presents the legal framework of commercial activities involving wildlife. The second part addresses species conservation laws, specifically addressing birds, fish, marine mammals, and endangered species. The third part looks specifically at wildlife, land and water, addressing how these resources are conserved, used, and developed. The fourth part shows how American wildlife laws fit into the international context, including the legal framework of native peoples. This very well referenced work addresses many specifics while at the same time showing trends within this rapidly expanding area of the law.