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General Information

Name:  Eric T. Freyfogle  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Freyfogle teaches at the University of Illinois College of Law at Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Freyfogle is a widely published scholar who has written widely on the many links between people and land, and on the need for a more land-sensitive culture, including the award-winning ''Bounded People, Boundless Lands''. His nonlegal writings have appeared in various publications, from ''Conservation Biology'', ''Wild Earth'', and ''Orion to Dissent'' and ''The New York Times''. A highly regarded speaker, Freyfogle has been a speaker at land-related conferences sponsored by major federal agencies, major national conservation organizations, and such professional organizations as the Society of American Foresters, the George Wright Society, and the Natural Areas Association. In January 2004 he was appointed editor of the Leopold Conservation Papers Project, an effort to edit and publish in thematic volumes the conservation writings of Aldo Leopold. Freyfogle is the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught law and environmental policy at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for over two decades.

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Titles At Your Library

JUSTICE AND THE EARTH: Images for Our Planetary Survival (Environment & Law)
ISBN: 0252065263

University of Illinois Press. 1996

An eloquent case against accepted notions of private property and free markets is at the heart of this finely argued plea for basic changes in the ways humans view the Earth. Justice and the Earth urges people to envision an integrated tapestry of natural systems for which they are responsible, rather than an economic resource they own.

Bounded People, Boundless Lands: Envisioning A New Land Ethic
ISBN: 1559634189

Island Press. 1998

What right do humans have to claim sovereignty over the land, to build fences and set boundaries when nature itself recognizes no such boundaries? Is there hope for a new land ethic that is less destructive toward the land, that views nature as something to be valued and nurtured rather than exploited and "developed"?One of the main challenges of contemporary environmentalism is to find a lasting, more ethical way for people to live on the planet. In Bounded People, Boundless Lands, legal scholar Eric T. Freyfogle asks a series of pointed and challenging questions about the human quest for ecological harmony. Deftly interweaving moral and ethical considerations with case studies and real-life situations, Freyfogle provides a deep philosophical examination of personal responsibility and the dominion of human beings over the earth. He raises provocative questions about private property rights, responsible land ownership, the rights of wildlife, and ecological health. Although the questions that Freyfogle asks are not new, they are presented in the context of contemporary events, often connected to legal cases, which allows him to bring age-old issues up to date, and to make direct connections between abstract concepts and our own lives.Throughout, Freyfogle questions the way human beings envision the land, thinking they can claim nature as their own, and criticizes market approaches to valuing and using nature. As an introduction to land ethics, but one that embraces environmental, legal, and philosophical arguments, Bounded People, Boundless Lands is a unique contribution to the environmental literature.

Wildlife Law: A Primer
ISBN: 1559639768

Island Press. 2009

Wildlife Law is a comprehensive and readable primer that provides an overview of U.S. wildlife law for a broad audience, including professionals who work with wildlife or who manage wildlife habitat, students across the spectrum of natural resource courses, landowners, developers, hunters, guides, and those associated with the field of private game ranching.

Authors Eric T. Freyfogle and Dale D. Goble are legal scholars who are experts in wildlife law. This book is the first ever to survey the entire field, covering state and federal law with a strong grounding in wildlife science. The writing style is lively and engaging, with descriptions of unusual and intriguing cases that illustrate key points and bring to life the importance and intricacies of the field.

The book includes thirteen chapters on topics such as

• what wildlife law is, what it covers, and what it seeks to achieve
• constitutional issues and key federal statutes
• wildlife liability issues, from spider bites to escaped zoo animals
• state game laws, hunting and fishing rights of Indian tribes
• and the Endangered Species Act.

Wildlife Law fills a long-standing gap in the literature and introduces readers to the basics of wildlife law while exploring such current controversies as endangered species protection, tribal fishing rights, game ranches, and the challenges of constructing wildlife corridors. It is a much-needed addition to the bookshelf of everyone working with or concerned about wildlife in the United States.

The Land We Share: Private Property And The Common Good
ISBN: 1559638907

Island Press. 2003

Is private ownership an inviolate right that individuals can wield as they see fit? Or is it better understood in more collective terms, as an institution that communities reshape over time to promote evolving goals? What should it mean to be a private landowner in an age of sprawling growth and declining biological diversity? These provocative questions lie at the heart of this perceptive and wide-ranging new book by legal scholar and conservationist Eric Freyfogle. Bringing together insights from history, law, philosophy, and ecology, Freyfogle undertakes a fascinating inquiry into the ownership of nature, leading us behind publicized and contentious disputes over open-space regulation, wetlands protection, and wildlife habitat to reveal the foundations of and changing ideas about private ownership in America.Drawing upon ideas from Thomas Jefferson, Henry George, and Aldo Leopold and interweaving engaging accounts of actual disputes over land-use issues, Freyfogle develops a powerful vision of what private ownership in America could mean—an ownership system, fair to owners and taxpayers alike, that fosters healthy land and healthy economies.

Why Conservation Is Failing and How It Can Regain Ground
ISBN: 0300110405

Yale University Press. 2006

Critics of environmental laws complain that such rules often burden people unequally, restrict individual liberty, and undercut private property rights. In formulating responses to these criticisms, the conservation effort has stumbled badly, says Eric T. Freyfogle in this thought-provoking book. Conservationists and environmentalists haven’t done their intellectual homework, he contends, and they have failed to offer an understandable, compelling vision of healthy lands and healthy human communities.
Freyfogle explores why the conservation movement has responded ineffectually to the many cultural and economic criticisms leveled against it. He addresses the meaning of good land use, describes the many shortcomings of “sustainability,” and outlines six key tasks that the cause must address. Among these is the crafting of an overall goal and a vision of responsible private ownership. The book concludes with a stirring message that situates conservation within America’s story of itself and with an extensive annotated bibliography of conservation’s most valuable voices and texts―important information for readers prepared to take conservation more seriously.

On Private Property: Finding Common Ground on the Ownership of Land
ISBN: 0807044172

Beacon Press. 2009

Urban sprawl. Disappearing wetlands. Historic preservation. Eminent domain. These and related land-use issues have put private-property rights on the public agenda in a contentious, visible way. In this provocative book, legal scholar and conservationist Eric T. Freyfogle presents the private-property debate in a surprising new light while suggesting how we can both respect private property and achieve communal goals.

Freyfogle's argument culminates in an intriguing Landowner Bill of Rightsfar different from property-rights measures now being discussed.



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