Back from the Field, Students Report on Conservation and Resource Management in Idaho

This September, a dozen undergraduate students participated in the Sophomore College Course “People, Land, and Water in the Heart of the West,” co-taught by Professors David M. Kennedy and David Freyberg. The course focused on the history and future of a broad range of natural resource management issues in the western United States. Students and faculty spent a week on campus preparing for a two-week field component in Idaho where they explored working landscapes, private and public lands, water and fisheries, conservation, and the history and literature of the relationship between people and the land in the American West.

From the introduction to the student reports:

"Equipped with a foundational knowledge of resource management, students and faculty headed to Idaho for the two-week field portion of the course. They visited resource management sites near Boise and Twin Falls on the Snake River Plain, Craters of the Moon National Monument, the Upper Salmon River in Custer County, and Stanley in the Sawtooth National Forest. The breadth of their interactions spanned fourth-generation ranchers and farmers; officers of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Forest Service; entrepreneurs; conservationists; foresters; biologists; and recreationalists. From these discussions, students explored the complexities of public-private partnerships and examined the role of science in conservation and natural resource management."