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Department of Natural Resource Management

Section - 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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2023 NRM UG Award and Scholarship Reception

(Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at McCrory Gardens)

Congratulations to all NRM undergraduate students who received the awards and scholarships!

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Silver carp

Invasive carp continue to be an ongoing threat to South Dakota's waters

Invasive carp (formerly known as Asian carp) pose a significant threat to South Dakota's lakes and rivers, natural resources that are treasured by thousands of anglers, boaters and water sports enthusiasts each year.

Are Russian olive trees fueling an invasive species in the San Juan River? An SDSU researcher investigates

The San Juan River, a major tributary of the Colorado River located in the "Four Corners" region of the southwestern United States, is home to two native fish species — the Colorado pikeminnow and the Razorback sucker.

SDSU researchers working to restore native plants to national parks

Lora Perkins, associate professor in South Dakota State University's Department of Natural Resource Management, is working with the National Park Service on a three-year, $900,000 project to restore native plants to the national parks, memorials and monuments of the northern Great Plains.