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Environmental and Natural Resources Law

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. 





CTP Fellows

Esack GrueskinEsack Grueskin is in his first year as a law student. After studying integrative physiology and pre-medical sciences during his undergraduate career, he took time off to travel and work. He has returned to the world of education with batteries fully recharged, and with every intention of saving the environment one tree, animal, or creek at a time.



Gordon LevittGordon Levitt is a third-year law student also pursuing a Masters degree in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. He looks forward to drafting model language for policy initiatives to incorporate the Public Trust Doctrine into environmental decision-making at various levels of government. Outside of class, he is active in the local Sierra Club chapter and enjoys skiing, hiking, and other adventures in Oregon’s great outdoors.



Jaclyn HiseJaclyn Hise graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in history and also obtained her M.A. in history in 2013 from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. I wrote my thesis over Texas women’s involvement in labor unions. I became interested in environmental law after taking an environmental history and law class as a graduate student. I am interested in helping stop climate change anyway possible, and am also very passionate about protecting wildlife. I enjoy hiking, biking, running, and anything outdoors.




Kelsey EstabrookKelsey Estabrook is a second year law student studying environmental law. She is currently an intern at the Oregon Department of Justice in the Natural Resources Section, and will be spending her spring semester with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environmental Enforcement Section in Washington D.C. As a Montana Native, she earned two bachelor's degrees; one in human biology and the other is psychology, at the University of Montana. Her love of the outdoors, Montana, and all of its natural beauty has prompted her to pursue a career with a commitment to protecting the environment.


RanceShawRance Shaw is a 2L who is continuing his work on the Conservation Trust Project this year as a Bowerman Fellow. He is also Treasurer for Land Air Water, the student group that organizes the annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Rance earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an American Chemical Society certified emphasis in Biochemistry from Boise State University. During the summer after his first year of law school, Rance interned at Cascadia Wildlands, a nonprofit environmental organization based in Eugene, Oregon. In addition to his duties as an ENR Fellow, Rance assists Professor Mary C. Wood in her research and writing on the Public Trust Doctrine.

Summary Sheet

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Related Links

McKenzie River Trust

Payette Land Trust

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