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Department of Natural Resource Management

Welcome to the wide world of Natural Resources!


If you love the outdoors and want to learn how best to conserve and manage our natural resources, then please check us out! Our areas of scientific expertise enable us to train a diverse array of disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate level utilizing interdisciplinary approaches while preparing them for a multitude of career options. South Dakota's natural resources are a key factor in maintaining a high-quality workforce throughout our state. Moreover, the quality of life for many people is intimately tied to their enjoyment of natural areas.
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NRM Vision Statement

Department of Natural Resource Management faculty members aspire to national distinction in undergraduate and graduate education, national distinction as leaders in natural resource research and provision of indispensable service to the people of South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains and beyond related to contemporary natural resource management issues and university strategic goals.

Mission Statements

Academic Programs —Train students as scholars and managers of distinction who will contribute to sustainable regional, national and international conservation and management of natural resources.

Research and Scholarly Activity — Determine research needs and address those needs through basic and applied investigations and student mentoring to promote biodiversity and sustainable use and management of natural resources.

Outreach and Service — Transfer critical information on the sustainable use of natural resources to the public as well as serve professional, governmental and citizen organizations.

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SDSU senior to present research on grassland bird populations

South Dakota State University senior Jay Holm wants state legislators to know about an encroaching tree species that is threatening native grassland bird populations.  ...

Dr. Carter Johnson's book launch event in Briggs Library

Briggs Library held a book launch event on July 28, 2022 with the authors, Carter Johnson and Dennis Knight. Carter is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Ecology in the Department of Natural Resource Management.

South Dakota State University researchers awarded $1 million precision ranching grant

South Dakota State University researchers from the Departments of Animal Science and Natural Resource Management have been awarded $1 million by the U.S.