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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Status and Trends in State Invasive Species Policy: 2002-2009

Status and Trends in State Invasive Species Policy: 2002-2009

Read D. Porter, Susan Graham, and Akiva Fishman
May 2010

Status and Trends in State Invasive Species Policy: 2002-2009 reviews developments in state laws and regulations governing invasive species in eleven states. It finds that invasive species laws and regulations are often fragmented and incomplete and have developed primarily on a species-by-species basis in response to crisis. As a result, they often fail to address potential future invaders or close off known invasion pathways. Read More >

Habitat Conservation Opportunities in Natural Hazard Areas

David Salvesen, Ryan Winterberg-Lipp and Peter Zambito, Institute for the Environment, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Rebecca Kihslinger, Environmental Law Institute
January 2010

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment (IE) have released a report identifying opportunities to coordinate habitat conservation and hazard mitigation planning in areas at risk of flooding and other natural hazards. Read More >

In-Lieu Fee Mitigation: Model Instrument Language and Resources

In-Lieu Fee Mitigation: Model Instrument Language and Resources

Jessica B. Wilkinson
December 2009

This report offers model language that could be incorporated into in-lieu fee program instruments being developed by state agencies and non-profit organizations. It was designed to comply with the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation Rule. It was developed using the best available information and uses examples from the approved and draft in-lieu fee instruments that were available as of December 2009. Funding for this project was made possible thanks to a grant provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read More >

Marine Spatial Planning in US Waters: An Assessment and Analysis of Existing Leg

Marine Spatial Planning in US Waters: An Assessment and Analysis of Existing Legal Mechanisms, Anticipated Barriers, and Future Opportunities

Jordan Diamond, Adam Schempp, Kathryn Mengerink, and Jay Austin
December 2009

Marine spatial planning (MSP) has gained increasing international attention as a tool for implementing ecosystem-based management, reducing user conflicts, and ensuring the sustainable use of ocean and coastal resources. While the President’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force developed recommendations for a federal MSP framework, the Environmental Law Institute and Ocean Conservancy have released a report, Marine Spatial Planning in US Waters, that reviews federal ocean and coastal laws, identifying the obstacles and opportunities they present for federal MSP. Read More >