Natural resources are anything found in nature. How’s that for a scholarly answer? That includes trees, water, fish, wildlife, oil, natural gas deposits, and shale. Additionally, natural resources are always worth preserving. That means they are always worth fighting for.
Attorneys must clearly understand the scientific issues involved. That one qualification eliminates many legal professionals. Many people go to law school because they cannot do math and science. Good natural resource lawyers are also problem-solvers who bring people together. Fundamentally, in these disputes, everyone wants the same thing.
When we deal with these disputes, this issue takes up most of our time. Things like negative easements and riparian rights sound obscure, but fortunes are won or lost on technicalities like these. Things get really complex if the natural resources are located offshore.