MEM Integrative Land Management Track


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The Integrative Land Management emphasis prepares students for careers in:

  • Public lands management
  • Private land conservation
  • Conservation advocacy

Integrative Land Management focuses on the content and skills necessary for understanding and facilitating the integration of land, water, energy, wildlife and human societies; the integration of public and private land decisions; and the integration of the wildland-urban interface to manage diverse stakeholder values and interests toward sustainable and resilient environmental relationships. This track takes advantage of Gunnison County having 80 percent of its acreage as public lands, and numerous private-land possibilities in the form of conservation easements and agreements; tremendous natural-resource wealth, and thus, tensions among diverse stakeholders concerning the best use of those resources; and numerous government agencies, environmental nonprofits, extractive industries, recreation seekers and ranchers all negotiating actively over the values of these lands. There is no better laboratory for graduate-level study and application of these practices than the lands surrounding Western. Integrative Land Management looks specifically at management issues through the lens of environmental resilience, understanding how landowners and public-lands agencies can build upon the land’s adaptive capacity in the face of climate, ecosystem and socio-economic change. This approach enhances and challenges traditional notions of the management of dwindling, finite natural resources, facilitating the development of management schemes that enrich the ability of ecological and socio-economic systems to adapt. This program also focuses specifically on Integrative Land Management in the face of climate change - an emerging reality already influencing most public- and private-land management decisions. Studying firsthand how to mitigate and adapt to the consequences of an increasingly volatile climate in one of the coldest spots in the United States offers a unique opportunity for training innovative professionals in environmental management.

M.E.M. track in Integrative Land Management:

  1. Complete 20-credit Core
  2. ENVS 618: Public Lands Management
  3. Choose three (9 credit total; samples will evolve, depending on job, faculty and student interests); ENVS 625 - Studies in Integrative Land Management (3 credit) will include such course titles as:
    • Climate Adaptation for Integrative Land Management
    • Cultural Resource Management
    • Wildlife Ecology and Management
    • Managing NEPA - Land, Resources, People
    • Watershed Coalition Development - Land, Conflict, Opportunity
    • Energy on Public Lands
    • Forest Ecology and Management
    • Rangeland Ecology and Management
    • Managing the Wildland-Urban Interface
    • Conservation Advocacy
  4. Complete Master's Project and Portfolio (14 credits)