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+Library Instruction Goals

This guide should help you:

  • Form an approach to initiating an assignment.
  • Use keywords related to your group's chosen state.
  • Distinguish the differences between popular and peer-reviewed articles.
  • Explore the library's information resources.
  • Evaluate the information you are finding on your chosen state.  
  • Answer all the crucial questions on your chosen state.  

+Assignment and research approach

The term project for the class is an opportunity for a critical investigation of an environmental issue and its policy solution. In this class we examine several problems and how economic theory provides us with framework for policy solutions. This project is intended to allow each group (groups of 3) to study a state’s land conservation effort. Each group will explore how their chosen state has crafted their land conservation policy, to include how it is funded. Groups will need to demonstrate that they understand the funding sources and goals of their state’s land conservation policy.

Groups must choose a state who have a state-level policy that is not the state of Maryland. 

No two groups may study the same state.


The following states are all eligible for this project: 

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Texas
  • Nebraska
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Tennessee
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine


You will work as part of a group of three people to choose the conservation policy the group wishes to address. You may choose your own groups. Please let me know later than 3/25 if you do not have a group.

Groups will be assigned their presentation order and day based on a random draw from a hat done on the first library day. Be aware that no two groups may present on the same policy, thus the first come first choice policy applies. Policies must be chosen by the end of the first library class on 3/26.

An outline of your paper is due by 4/11. Your group’s paper will have the following form:

Paragraph 1

  • Introduction to Conservation in State X, and how policy Y fits into the state’s efforts
  • Road map to the paper

Paragraph 2

  • What brought about the development of conservation in particular state (very different in eastern vs. western U.S.)

Paragraph 3

  • How that policy came about/tie-in to economics

Paragraph 4

  • How the policy has evolved over time to how it fits in with other things being done in State X

Paragraph 5

  • Conclude


Your group’s presentation is expected to follow a similar structure. A complete draft of your 3-5-page summary about the policy (with in-line citations and references) is due 4/25 and your group must bring three printed copies of the completed draft to class as well as submit an electronic copy through MyClasses (one per group). Your group will exchange your paper with three other groups and each group will assess the drafts against the grading rubric. Assessments of other groups’ papers are due at the beginning of class on 4/30. Peer reviews will be graded for thoroughness.

Groups are expected to prepare a 9-11-minute presentation to present in class (5/7 & 5/9). An electronic copy, to be turned via MyClasses, of the final paper (one from each group) is due by 11:59 pm on 5/10. The final version of the paper should be between 3-5 pages, be double-space, and follow the APA format.

It is up to you to meet outside of class with your group members.  You should decide together which state  you want to investigate, which sources you will use, how you want to structure your paper and presentation, writing the paper and how you want your PowerPoint/presentation to look. All formatting of this paper to include references and citations for this project need to be in the APA format.

Do not take this class if you know you cannot be there for the final project presentations, this is a required part of the class.