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This degree is designed for students preparing for a professional career in the restoration or reclamation of degraded or severely damaged lands. Job opportunities are available with environmental consulting companies, governmental and non-governmental land management organizations, regulatory agencies and private individuals. This curriculum provides a solid foundation for students planning to pursue an advanced degree in restoration ecology. The faculty in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management has expertise in restoration of rangelands and forests, natural resources management, and ecosystem ecology.
Ecological restorationists literally heal ecosystems, and restoration ecology provides the scientific basis for their practice. - Andre F. Clewell, Former President, Society for Ecological Restoration
Humans depend upon healthy ecosystems for essential goods and services. If those ecosystems are damaged and no longer function properly, the effects of this damage can be disastrous. Ecological Restoration students learn the causes of land degradation and create strategies for repairing ecosystems. This degree applies science to important environmental problems.
Graduates choose careers such as: Ecological restoration contractor; Land trusts and conservancies director; Utility company manager; Government land manager; Government regulatory officer; Environmental consultant; Mine land reclamation manager; Private land manager.