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Department of Natural Resource Management

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Welcome to the wide world of Natural Resources!

Michele's fishing a big red fish in Florida
Michele Dudash, Department Head (left) and Cap'n Doug (right)

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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About Our Department

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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 scientists to improve prairie restoration

The diverse mixture of grasses and flowering plants that covers grassland benefits bees and other pollinators and builds healthy soil.

SDSU to Dedicate Royalties from Pheasant State Collection to Fund Natural Resources Management Scholarships, Adds Under Armour On-Field Merchandise

South Dakota State University announced the second year of its Pheasant State merchandise collection will not only pay homage to the state’s popular sport but will also help fund scholarships in the Department of Natural Resource Management through royalties earned on merchandise sales.

USDA project to produce wildflower seeds, improve soil health

Harvesting seeds from small plots of perennial wildflowers may not only provide producers with a new income source, but also improve soil health and thereby increase the sustainability of agricultural production.