Environmental Studies at UVM

ENVS 295 Community-Based Natural Resource Management

Community-based resource management is a diverse and growing set of integrative, place-based and collaborative approaches to sustainably using and conserving natural resources. In practice, it often combines local knowledge with scientific management for social, ecological and economic benefits. This advanced course covers foundational theory (e.g. community, common property, public goods, collective action), history, and empirical evidence of community-based management of forest, wildlife and water resources in the US and abroad. We will review recent research on community governance and market-based initiatives (such as certification, carbon markets and payments for ecosystem services). Case studies will provide insights into international examples. Approximately four to six field labs will explore community-based management close to home. Service learning will be integrated into several of the field labs. Students, either individually or in groups (your choice), will propose and complete a semester-long project that has strong practical application (e.g. service learning) and/or scholarly contribution (e.g. towards grad or senior thesis). This class may contribute towards the 200-level ENVS course capstone and social science graduate course requirements. Cross-listed with NR 285 and FOR 285.







Breadth Requirement: 

Social Science (SS)


NR 104 or ENVS 151 or graduate standing recommended

Enrollment Limit: