Western Ranch Management and Ecosystem Stewardship

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A summer 2019 field course

Apply systems ecology concepts to management of western ranch lands through experiential learning, selected readings, and observations and discussions with ranch managers, scientists, and fellow students

Students will visit and stay at 10 ranches in Colorado and New Mexico, spanning arid to alpine ecosystems

The course will draw on multiple disciplines, including agriculture, animal sciences, business, ecology, forestry, rangeland sciences, watershed sciences, and wildlife

Exposure to a variety of career paths through a diversity of ranches that highlight the different contexts of ranch management

There are two course options:

  1. A 4-credit version being offered through the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. This course, listed as F480A1, consists of two, 10-day field sessions where students experience a greater diversity of ranches and course topics. Financial assistance is available for students enrolled in F480A1! More information here.
  2. A 10-day, 2-credit version of the course is being offered through the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at CSU (ESS486).