The Gang Green explore the upper Mississippi ecosystem

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A group of law students, the so-called “Gang-Green,” are pursuing independent study projects this semester in environmental ethics, law, and policy. On a group trip to northern Illinois this month, they explored the impact of invasive species within the upper Mississippi ecosystem. 

They talked with lawyers, local citizens, and farmers about a proposed mega-dairy that was finally successfully defeated after years of protest and litigation. They also investigated how the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation has used various legal instruments to successfully preserve thousands of acres of land in the region, some of which (like the land on which students are crossing through harvested cornfields) boast important Native American effigies and burial grounds.