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- Within walking distance of campus are 17,500 acres of Experimental Forest dedicated to education, research, demonstration and recreation.
- Next to campus is the 56,000-acre Hartwell Lake, and the mountains are just a short drive away.
- Our University has a strong Solid Green mission and environmental sustainability campaign.
- A current Creative Inquiry research team is researching the fate of latex balloons released into the environment.
Ecology and Conservation Biology are becoming increasingly important fields of study as we learn more about the influences of human activities on ecosystems and seek to build a more sustainable society. The world is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, but the problems associated with their conservation are immense. Protecting rare and endangered species, preventing and controlling invasions of exotics, preserving old growth forests, restoring degraded ecosystems, and balancing the resource demands of industry and the public are just some of the environmental issues you’ll face. Many of these issues are also enmeshed in politicized environments. As an environmental and natural resources major, you’ll learn methods for confronting some of the world’s most pressing problems.