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Education, Research, and Service in support of Conserving Nature and Social Well Being

  • From local to international scales, the human relationship with the environment is varied, complex, and increasingly challenging in the face of economic, social and technological change
  • Sound environmental decisions are well informed and involve the people who are directly affected by those decisions
  • The goal of the Department of Society and Conservation is to educate students and contribute research and service to natural resource management and sustainable conservation policy
  • We seek a better understanding of how human values and interests shape our experiences in nature, our natural resource institutions and the politics of environmental decision making

We are the social and political science arm of the College of Forestry and Conservation. Our Faculty is active both nationally and internationally, expertise and research interests include:

  • Community Forestry
  • Environmental Values and Philosophy
  • International Conservation and Development
  • Natural Resource Conflict Resolution
  • Natural Resource Policy
  • Nature based tourism
  • Political Ecology
  • Protected Area Management
  • Science, Philosophy, and Knowledge
  • Social and Environmental Justice
  • Wildland Recreation Experiences
  • Wilderness