Natural areas serve many functions, from maintaining regional biological diversity to providing important open space for contemplative and recreational activities. Protecting and managing these areas in fragmented and human influenced landscapes is an increasingly formidable challenge. This course examines the land protection and stewardship activities of conservation organizations, land trusts, and public natural resource agencies, along with the principles of conservation biology and landscape ecology in an effort to better understand the important issues, approaches, and concerns in conserving and managing natural areas in natural and working landscapes. A premise of this course is that sound ecological thinking and information should fuel decision-making in land protection and management.
Spring, Summer, Online, or in person, variable by semester
Social Science (SS)
ENVS 1 or NR 1 or permission