Deciding upon management strategies and use of natural resources becomes more challenging as urban areas expand and human population and consumption levels continue to increase. Given that a larger urban population, interestingly, seems to demand both more resources (products) and greater environmental protection, there will no doubt be a coincident heightening of conflicts over natural resource management in the next century. Making decisions on natural resource allocation and use under such circumstances will become even more complex and difficult than they are today. Skilled people will be needed who can develop an integrated approach to natural resource management that sheds light on the tradeoffs and implications of their decisions. To help address this need, we developed a course in integrated natural resource management with funding received from the Cooperative State Research Service Higher Education Challenge Grants Program. This interdisciplinary course is team-taught and uses a combination of case studies and computerized models.
Anderson, Dorthy H.; Rose, Dietmar W.; Brooks, Ken; Burk, Tom; Hoganson, Howard; and Puettman, Klaus
"Integrated natural resource planning,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 7, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol7/iss1/2