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Mission, Vision, and 2018 Goals

Our mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge to enhance economic
development and quality of life in South Dakota and beyond;
nationally and regionally recognized.
Program Mission Statements

Academic Programs — Educate and mentor undergraduate and graduate students about natural resource management issues to enable them to contribute to the betterment of these natural resources as professionals and interested citizens.

Research — Determine natural resource management research needs, primarily in the Northern Great Plains, and address those needs through basic and applied investigations and graduate student mentoring, so as to promote biodiversity and sustainable natural resources.

Service — Transfer information on the sustainable use of natural resources to a variety of publics; serve professional, governmental, and citizen organizations that are concerned with these natural resources; and promote faculty development and well-being.

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 related to contemporary natural resource management issues and university strategic goals. 
Strategic Plan Goals (2014-2018)
  • As a premier regional choice and as a national leader, we will impact local, regional, national, and global society through innovative and excellent academic programs.
  • We will be a recognized research leader in the conservation and management of our natural resources.
  • We will provide indispensable outreach and engagement to the people of South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world.
  • We will provide the human, fiscal, and infrastructure resources to accomplish this strategic plan.

Action Steps

Natural Resource Management Planning Document