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.
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.
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.
Fast Facts (as of 2022-2023 Academic Year)
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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!