Western joins forces with Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service

Western joins forces with Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service

Nov. 21, 2017

Western’s Master in Environmental Management (MEM), Environment & Sustainability (ENVS) and Biology departments recently completed multiyear master agreements with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service field offices, which support multiple grant awards for research on public lands. The master agreements leverage the capacity of faculty, undergraduates and graduate students across several programs to provide vital services for conservation and recreation-management projects identified by the land-management agencies.

Students increase their understanding of the issues facing public land managers through hands-on experiences that allow for the application of skills developed in the classroom. The land-management agencies benefit from the completion of necessary project work, and the agency will be served long-term as diverse students pursue diverse careers. The benefits to the university include support of curriculum and out-of-class learning opportunities in partnership with the agency experts.

Currently, there are eight awards between the BLM and USFS. Faculty include: Melanie Armstrong, Ph.D. (MEM); Jonathan Coop, Ph.D. (MEM/ENVS); Kevin Alexander, Ph.D. (Biology); Pat Magee, Ph.D. (Biology); and Corrie Knapp, Ph.D. (MEM).

For more information, contact Dr. Melanie Armstrong at marmstrong@western.edu.