Stewardship Planning and Sustainability: Inventory Resources is designed to help you develop SMART goals for your property, which consider the importance of land stewardship and sustainability. The course introduces the dynamic relationships between natural resources (soil, water, plants, animals, air and humans) within the property. You will utilize tools to understand driving variables in the system which help inform land management decisions. As you become more aware of the realities, opportunities, and challenges of your property, you will be far more knowledgeable to manage a property you love while also creating a space that is environmentally responsible and able to withstand the test of time!
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
Kara Harders is the Small Acreage Coordinator for the southeast portion of the state, based out of Cañon City, Colorado and the facilitator for the wildlife course of the Land Stewardship Program. Kara holds a masters in agricultural education and communications from the University of Florida, and a bachelors in agricultural education from Colorado State.
Jennifer Cook is the Small Acreage Management Coordinator in Colorado’s Front Range, working in a partnership position with Colorado State University Extension and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). She consults with small acreage landowners on land stewardship practices such as weed management, grazing strategies, and reseeding. Her goal is to teach land managers about natural resources and practical land management options to improve the environment, protect water quality, promote soil health, and increase production.
Jennifer earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Agriculture from Colorado State University. Prior to her current job, she worked with NRCS helping farmers with conservation on their farm land. Jennifer and her husband also spent a year in New Zealand, traveling, working on organic farms, and volunteering with the New Zealand Department of Conservation. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and yoga.