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November 29, 2011 / Mark Axelrod

Canada-US Comparative Natural Resource Policy–MSU Study Abroad Program (Upcoming Info Sessions)

Canada-US Comparative Natural Resource Policy, Professor Larry Leefers

Information Sessions:

Thursday, December 1 @ 5 – 5:45 pm, Room 216 Natural Resources
Monday, December 5 @ 5 – 5:45 pm, Room 216 Natural Resources

Brief Description:

The overall purpose of this program is to provide students with an understanding of similarities and differences between natural resource policies in Canada and the United States. The proximity of southern Ontario and Michigan offers a region in which many of the natural resources are similar. However, policies have evolved differently on the two sides of the border. When combined, policies in the region reflect many approaches used around the world­for forests, parks and protected areas, wildlife, fisheries, and minerals. Both countries are part of an international market for extractive industry products, and each has its own policy framework for addressing global opportunities and threats. Similarly, for non-extractive resources, unique policies have evolved.

Policies have developed in a political, social, economic, and resource environment. Onsite visits and discussions with resource professionals will help educate students about this environment. Readings and videos will reinforce this learning. The main policy foci will be on parks and outdoor recreation, forests, minerals, and wildlife. Federal, First Nations/Tribal and provincial/state policies will be explored.

Program sites in Ontario include:

  • Pt. Pelee National Park
  • the Fingal Wildlife Management Area
  • Algonquin Provincial Park
  • North Bay
  • Sudbury
  • the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve
  • Lake Superior Provincial Park
  • Sault Ste. Marie

Program sites in the U.S. include Sault Ste. Marie, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Pigeon River Country Forest Management Unit, and the Huron National Forest.


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