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 cultivates 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.
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:
- Complete 20-credit Core
- ENVS 618: Public Lands Management
- 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
- Complete Master's Project and Portfolio (14 credits)