Kevin He
Office Hours:
M 2:30-3:30
Th 12:00-1:00
Room 3524

Lauren Highleyman
Office Hours:
T 10:00-11:00
W 12:00-1:00
Room 3524

Steven Yaffee
Office Hours:
W 2:00-3:00
Room 3522


Welcome to NRE 562

This course is designed to provide an intensive graduate-level introduction to the structure and dynamics of the U.S. resource and environmental process. It is concerned both with policy formation -- how proposals for action win sufficient support to be approved and policy implementation -- how programs are actually put into effect. The course is intended primarily for students entering graduate or professional study in resource policy, planning, and management or related fields. Its primary objectives are to enable students to develop an enhanced ability to: disaggregate complex political and management situations, assess the feasibility of resource policy and organizational management changes, and build strategy to get such changes adopted and implemented.

The course meets for two 1 1/2 hour sessions per week. It presents several frameworks for analysis and uses numerous case studies of federal, state, and local action to practice using the frameworks. Case discussions use our joint understanding of a policy issue to figure out what and why things happened as well as what actors should do given a situation. They provide real settings to probe historical behavior and test strategy. Current cases used in 562 deal substantively with air pollution, wildlife, parks, toxic substances, nuclear waste, and water resources, and with the Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Army Corps of Engineers as management entities.

NRE 562 has been taught by Professor Steven L. Yaffee each fall since 1982. It typically enrolls 50 graduate students and is a core class in the Environmental Policy and Planning Master's degree program at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, The University of Michigan. For more information about the Environmental Policy and Planning Program, contact the School's Office of Academic Programs (734-764-6453 or For more information about NRE 562, contact Professor Yaffee (