For more than a century Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) has played a leadership role in research, teaching, training and technical assistance related to the understanding and management of the world’s natural resources. Within the college, the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department focuses on understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society, and culture as it relates to the natural environment.
Faculty in the WCNR at CSU pioneered efforts in the study and application of human dimensions of natural resources (HDNR) in the early 1970’s and by 1992 they established a “Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit” which is now the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department.
The mission of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department is to contribute to the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces both land health and sustainable human benefits.The Department offers an MS and a PhD in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Four concentrations are offered in the undergraduate program: Protected Areas Management, Global Tourism, Natural Resource Tourism and Environmental Communication. The department is one of seven programs in the United States that offers a comprehensive bachelor’s, masters, and doctoral program. It also:
- Houses the Center for Protected Area Management and Training which provides technical assistance, training, and research opportunities for protected area managers and students in over 25 countries from Latin America
- Houses the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit which is currently conducting research to examine: wildlife values in the Western US; public acceptability of wild land fire management; effects of chronic wasting disease on hunter participation; sustainable development in Europe’s protected areas; and carrying capacity in Yosemite National Park.
- Operates the 212-acre Environmental Learning Center in Fort Collins that provides opportunities for faculty and students to conduct fieldwork, experiential education, and research and serves more than 3,200 people annually.
- Is home of the innovative new interdisciplinary educational program known as Conservation Leadership Through Learning.
Our Mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs are among the oldest in the world dedicated to natural resource conservation. You can trace their history back to 1871 and the U.S. Commission on Fish and Fisheries in the Department of Commerce and the Division of Economic Orinthology and Mammology in the Department of Agriculture.
They manage the 150 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System of more than 551 National Wildlife Refuges and thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. Under the Fisheries program we also operate 70 National Fish Hatcheries, 65 fishery resource offices and 86 ecological services field stations.
The vast majority of fish and wildlife habitat is on non-Federal lands. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Partners in Flight, Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, and other partnership activities are the main ways we foster aquatic conservation and assist voluntary habitat conservation and restoration.
The Service employs approximately 9,000 people at facilities across the U.S. The Service is a decentralized organization with a headquarters office in Washington, D.C., with regional and field offices across the country.