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An integrated approach to the understanding and management of natural resources


Program category: Policy, Planning & Law

The suite of courses in this MNR program category focuses on the influences of laws, regulations, and policies on the planning and management of natural resources. This MNR program category will provide the foundational knowledge and understanding of these important influences - you should strive to independently integrate these topics with those in the other three program categories throughout your graduate program.


MNR Selection criteria | Course preparation | Registration | UI course schedule | UI Course catalog

Online courses | Consult the UI schedule for the latest changes in course information
Environmental Politics and Policy (CSS 504-2, 3 credits)

This course explores the complex, multi-faceted issues and institutional structures that shape environmental politics in the United States. It examines the role of various institutional actors (Congress, President, Courts) in environmental policymaking, considers the relationship between politics and science, and the role of the market solutions to environmental protection challenges. Specific topics include energy and environmental politics, global issues and questions (population, food, climate change), and the future of American environmentalism.

Dr. Patrick Wilson | 208-885-7431 | Delivery method: Custom course web site and Blackboard Learn | Summer semester

Fire Policy (FOR 504-1, 2 credits)

The course will examine the relationships between fire science, federal laws and regulations that affect fire management in fire affected ecosystems; the politics of wildland fire; and the effects of wildland fire on wildland-urban interface (WUI) communities.  The course can be petitioned to be accepted in the fire certificate.  Recommended preparation is a course in natural resource and/or environmental policy or FOR 584.


Professor Jo Ellen Force | 208-885-7311 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn  | Fall

Integrated Rangeland Management (REM 456, 3 credits)
  Management strategies for integrating grazing with other natural resource values such as wildlife, water, timber, recreation, and aesthetics; emphasis on herbivore ecology including ecological impacts of grazing, ways to manage grazing, and nutritional relationships between plants and free-ranging ungulates on rangeland, pastureland, and forest ecosystems. Students are required to participate in a one one-week field trip.

Professor Karen Launchbaugh | 208-885-4394 | Delivery method: Custom web site and field trip | Spring semester 2016 (contact instructor for enrollment)

Natural Resource Policy Development (FOR 584, 3 credits)
  The development of natural resource policy with emphasis on the policy process at the federal level in the U.S.; the role of and interrelationships between staff, committees, agencies and elected officials; the relationship of science and scientists with policy and politicians in the development of natural resource policy, including preparation of testimony related to natural resource science and policy issues; implementation of policy within the natural resource agencies and judicial interpretation of major natural resource policies in the United States.

Professor Jo Ellen Force | 208-885-7311 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn  | Spring semester

Planning & Decision Making for Watershed Management (CSS 573, 3 credits)
  Focus on ecological and human factors in process-oriented approaches to watershed analysis and planning for effective decision-making; emphasis on practical applications of current tools and approaches, e.g., GIS, MAU Theory, collaborative management.

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Summer semester

Restoration Ecology Practicum (CSS 580, 2 credits)
  Capstone experience in the Restoration Ecology Certificate Program. Students work independently to develop plan for implementing and assessing the success of ecological restoration; plan must synthesize literature, concepts, and challenges; plan shall be written with graphics and electronic submission for possible Internet publication.

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn | Summer semester

Course companion program

  Although the availability of online courses is increasing each semester, the suite of online courses for the MNR program is smaller than the number of on-campus courses. In order to broaden the curriculum for our off-campus students, we will provide the opportunity to participate in on-campus courses from your off-campus location. If you are off-campus and wish to enroll in an on-campus course, you can elect to participate in the course companion program, in which you will participate in a live on-campus course via Skype video on a laptop computer. Your course companion will bring and setup the laptop for each class session, where you will be able to participate as if you were in the classroom live.

Please note the following conditions:
1. If you are a non-Idaho resident, non-resident fees will apply
2. An on-campus student in the course must agree to assist you with the companion program
3. The instructor of the course must provide their permission for the course companion program
4. The course is live: Participation in the course is on the scheduled days and time (Pacific time)
5. Your participation in the course is on the same conditions as on-campus students
6. For courses with field trip components, students must travel to the campus (regularly scheduled laboratories are not included in the course companion program)

To participate in the course companion program, contact the Director, MNR program.


On-campus courses

  Because of the large number of on-campus courses approved for the MNR program, on-campus students in the MNR program have access to a wider range of courses than the suite of online courses. Consult with your graduate advisor to design your study plan of courses that may include on-campus courses and online courses. 


Course preparation - Suggested books and journals

Books   Journals
Clark, S.G. 2002. The Policy Process: A practical guide for natural resources professionals. Yale University Press.

Clemons, R.S., and M.K. McBeth. 2001. Public policy praxis? Theory and pragmatism: A Case Approach. Prentice Hall.

Coggins, G.C., C.F. Wilkinson, J.D. Leshy, and R.L. Fischman. 2007. Federal public land and resources Law. Sixth edition. Foundation Press.

Cubbage, F.W., O’Laughlin, J., and C.S. Bullock, III. 1993. Forest resource policy. John Wiley & Sons.

Daniels, S.E., and G.B. Walker. 2001. Working through environmental conflict: The Collaborative learning approach. Praeger.

Kagan, R.A. 2001. Adversarial legalism: The American way of law. Harvard University Press.

Klein, C.A., F. Cheever, and B.C. Birdsong. 2009. Natural resources raw: Placed based book of cases & problems. Second edition. Aspen Publishers.

MacDonnell, L., and S. Bates. 2009. The evolution of natural resources law and policy. American Bar Association.

Patton, C.V., and D.S. Sawicki. 1993. Basic methods of policy analysis and planning. Second edition. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs.

Randolph, J. 2012. Environmental land use planning and management. Second Edition. Island Press.

Roe, E. 1998. Taking complexity seriously: Policy analysis, triangulation, and sustainable development. Kluwer Academic.

  Environmental Science and Policy
Forest Policy and Economics
Policy Sciences

Policy Studies Journal

Research organizations
Congressional Research Service
Government Accountability Office
Policy Analysis Group, CNR, UI
Resources for the Future

Professional societies
American Fisheries Society
National Recreation and Park Association
Society of American Foresters
Society for Range Management
The Wildlife Society

Governmental & other resources
Council of State Governments
League of Women Voters
National Association of Counties
National Conference of State Legislatures
United Nations Environmental Program
Food & Agricultural Organization of the UN
Western Governors’ Association




Selection criteria for MNR program Registration procedures Resources

Five credits minimum per program category
You may select any courses within a particular program category to meet the minimum five-credit requirement. However, we highly recommend that you vary your course selection for a good balance of topics within a program category.

Transfer courses & alternative courses
Alternate courses may be substituted or transferred from other institutions into your MNR program with prior approval of your graduate advisor. Any such courses must meet the focus and objectives of the particular MNR program category.

  Non-University of Idaho students
Register as a non-degree student
Admission requirements: Non-degree student
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University of Idaho students Fees
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send your University of Idaho student ID number
to the professor so that your registration profile
can be revised to allow enrollment.
No out-of-state tuition fees are assessed for online courses at the University of Idaho as long as you only enroll in online courses. There is a course support fee in addition to the normal in-state fees. If you enroll in both online and on-campus courses at the University of Idaho, out-of-state tuition fees will apply.

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