The conservation and sustainable management of land and natural resources in the U.S. is shaped by myriad social, economic, legal, and political forces. Even though the issues may change over time, many of the fundamental principles and processes in natural resource policy endure. For aspiring natural resource professionals and anyone interested in the use, management, and conservation of renewable natural resources, understanding and appreciating the historical and political forces that shape natural resource management decisions is vital.
Kathie Mattor, Ph.D., is an Instructor and Research Scientist in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University. She teaches natural resource policy courses in-person at the Fort Collins campus and on-line through the Masters in Natural Resource Stewardship Program.
Kathie’s research program focuses on the evaluation of forest policies and programs promoting resilient forests and communities, the communication and implementation of science, and the role of collaboration and community-based forestry programs in sustainable forest management and community resilience.