Integrative and Public Land Management Track

Courses

The Integrative and Public Land Management (ILPM) emphasis prepares students for careers in:

  • Public lands management
  • Private land conservation
  • Conservation advocacy

Integrative and Public Land Management ‚Äčcultivates vital skills to facilitate the integration of land, water, energy, wildlife and human societies in public and private land management decisions. Students learn how to manage diverse stakeholder values and interests to build sustainable and resilient social-ecological systems. Our students have a high professional placement rate (over 90%) with careers in public land management, private land conservation, conservation advocacy, environmental consulting companies, and non-profit management.

Integrative land management focuses on complex landscapes shaped by ecology, culture, policy, and economy. Looking at management issues through the lens of resilience gives insight into how landowners and public agencies can build the adaptive capacity of ecosystems and livelihoods in the face of climate, changing demographics, and increased pressures on private and federal lands. This approach enhances and challenges traditional notions of managing finite and dwindling natural resources, favoring management schemes that enable social-ecological systems to adapt.

Why Western?

Gunnison County contains 80 percent public lands, tremendous natural resource wealth, and working agricultural landscapes. Government agencies, nonprofits, extractive industries, recreation seekers, and ranchers actively negotiate the best use of these lands. There is no better laboratory for graduate-level study and praxis than the lands surrounding Western.

This program also focuses on land management in the face of climate change, a reality influencing most public and private land management decisions. Studying how to mitigate and adapt to an increasingly volatile climate in one of the coldest spots in the United States offers a unique opportunity for environmental management professionals.

M.E.M. track in Integrative and Public 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 and Public Land Management (3 credit) will include such course titles as:
    • Wildlife Ecology and Management
    • NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) for Environmental Managers
    • Forest Ecology and Management
    • Sustainable Rangeland Ecology and Management
    • Private Land Management
    • Foundation of Ecosystems: Plants & Soils
    • Restoration Ecology
    • Environmental Education and Interpretation
  4. Complete Master's Project and Portfolio (14 credits)

 

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Cultivates vital skills to facilitate the integration of land, water, energy, wildlife and human societies

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Melanie
Assistant Professor & Public Lands Coordinator
Phone:
Office Location: Kelley Hall 109
Lecturer, Department of Environment & Sustainability; Graduate Faculty, Masters in Environmental Management; Marketing Coordinator, School of Environment & Sustainability; Resilience Studies Consortium Coordinator for Western State Colorado University
B.A., Western State Colordao University , M.A., Prescott College, Ph.D., University of Exeter
Phone: (970) 943-2294
Office Location: Kelley Hall 207
Katherine A Clark
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
B.A., James Madison University, M.S. University of Colorado Boulder, Ph.D. Environmental Studies University of Colorado Boulder
Phone:
Office Location: Kelley Hall 226
Clark Sustainable Development Chair in Environment and Sustainability
JD, University of California School of Law, B.A., Antioch College
Phone: (303) 912 0855
Office Location: Kelley 206
Coldharbour Chair in Environment & Sustainability, Executive Director, Coldharbour Institute
Seattle Law School, JD, Vermont Law School, MSL, Fort Lewis College, BS
Phone: 970.943.2023
Office Location: Kelley Hall 114A
Dr. John C. Hausdoerffer
Professor and Director of the Master of Environmental Management Program; Professor of Env Sustainability & Philosophy; Director, Headwaters Project
B.A., Western State Colorado University; , M.A., St. John's College; , Ph.D., Washington State University.
Phone: (970) 943-3450
Office Location: Kelley Hall 107
Karen Hausdoerffer
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
B.A., Stanford University, MFA, University of Idaho
Phone:
Office Location: Kelley Hall 114B
Dr. Corinne Knapp
Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability, and Integrative and Public Land Management MEM Coordinator
B.A., University of Colorado, M.S., Colorado State University, Ph.D., University of Alaska
Phone:
Office Location: Kelley Hall 106
Dr. Jeff Sellen
Director of Environment & Sustainability, Assistant professor of Environment & Sustainability, Director of the Colorado Water Workshop
B.A., Wartburg College; , M.A., University of Nebraska-Omaha;, Ph.D., Washington State University.
Phone: (970) 943-3162
Office Location: Kelley Hall 104
Sally Thode
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
B.S. Colorado State University, M.S. Colorado State University
Phone:
Office Location: Kelley Hall 114A
Dr. Jessica Young
Global Coordinator, Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainability
B.A., University of California San Diego, Ph.D. Purdue University
Phone: 970-943-2195
Office Location: Library 120