Professor Fairfax has taught natural resource law and policy at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Natural Resources, for 30 years. She holds the Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professorship in forest policy. Her research and teaching has always focused conservation of resources which are jointly owned and/or managed by public and private entities. Her recent work reflects an effort to evaluate different institutional forms for that conservation and include: State Trust Lands (with Jon A. Souder); Conservation Trusts (with Darla Guenzler); and Buying Nature (with Lauren Gwin, Mary Ann King, Leigh Raymond and Laura A. Watt). A dedicated teacher, Fairfax is a recipient of the College of Natural Resources Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition, she won the first campus wide Teaching Innovations award in 1993 and received, in 2004, the first campus wide Distinguished Faculty Mentors award from the Graduate Assembly. Her keynote address will consider public and private models that may apply to livelihood and landscape protection in northern Maine.
Protecting Large Working Landscapes: Models and Cautionary Tales