Conservation Trust Project
Focusing on public trust theory and private property tools to achieve landscape conservation
The Conservation Trust Project explores innovative private and market mechanisms (such as conservation easements and trust acquisitions) to protect natural resources. Faculty leaders are Adell Amos, Susan Gary, Richard Hildreth, and Mary Wood.
Nate Bellinger is a third year law student with an interest in environmental law, especially climate change and food studies. During the summer after his first year of law school, Nate was a law clerk at the Oregon Department of Justice in the Natural Resources Section. After his second year of law school, Nate clerked with Earthjustice in Denver. Originally from Massachusetts, Nate earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Studies from the University of Massachusetts before moving to Oregon. After spending three years working as a firefighter, a ski instructor, a rafting guide, and traveling, Nate returned to school and earned a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Oregon. His thesis documented the social and environmental impacts of Ecuador’s commercial tuna fishing industry. Nate takes full advantage of all the outdoor recreational opportunities that Oregon provides but particularly enjoys trail running, backpacking, and hiking with his dog. He is an urban homesteader and spends much of his free time working in his garden, canning and drying food, or cooking and eating the food he grows.
Gordon Levitt is a second-year law student also pursuing a Masters degree in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. He is a lifelong resident of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon Robert D. Clark Honors College, where he studied Political Science and Business Administration. Ultimately, he aims to help resolve international environmental conflicts by protecting the environment and encouraging sustainable progress. This year as a fellow for the ENR Program, he looks forward to researching innovative applications of the public trust doctrine to global environmental challenges. Outside of class, he is active in the local Sierra Club chapter and enjoys skiing, hiking, and other adventures in Oregon’s great outdoors.
Rance Shaw earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an American Chemical Society certified emphasis in Biochemistry from Boise State University. As an IDeA Networks of Biomedical Excellence Fellow, Rance performed molecular dynamics simulations to aid in the development of protein-polymer drug conjugates. After graduation, Rance worked worked in the laboratory of a large milk processing plant, which heightened his interest in environmental issues and prompted him to adopt a vegan diet. Rance also chose environmental law because it offers a great opportunity to apply his science knowledge to the legal field.
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