AGRI 632 - Managing for Ecosystem Sustainability

  • 3 credits

This course introduces current and future land managers and natural resource decision-makers to the fundamentals of ecological and natural resource interactions that contribute to successful land management. How to interpret existing knowledge and understand the functioning of the land resource is a key element in this course. Also included are the impacts of ecological processes on production and management of the land. This course will equip students to better understand the consequences of using biological tools, fire, mechanical intervention and chemicals to manage land.

Important Information

AGRI 632 has been selected for endorsement by Colorado State University's School for Global Environmental Sustainability Curriculum Committee.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World (2006)
    Walker, Brian and Salt, David

Natural Resource Management Reimagined: Using the Systems Ecology Paradigm (2021)
Woodmansee, R. G., Moore, J. C., Ojima, D. S. and Richards, L.
Available as an ebook -$30, paperback -$45, and hardback -$150 from all outlets, esp. Cambridge University Press and Amazon.


Robert Woodmansee
Robert Woodmansee

(970) 736-8153 |

Ph.D. Systems Ecology and Forest Soils, Colorado State University; M.S. Botany and Plant Ecology and B.S. Biology, University of New Mexico.

Dr. Woodmansee is Professor Emeritus, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainablity and Senior Research Scientist and Former Director of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.

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