Closely associated with the College’s Agricultural Business Management program, the Natural Resources and Conservation curriculum was established to take advantage of the growth in conservation science and nature tourism in the Central Illinois area. Supported by a strong foundation in agriculture, wildlife management, and soil conservation, the program also provides students opportunities for supervised internships in their preferred area of study. Students will develop hands-on land management skills including maintenance, chainsaw operation, forestry, herbicide decisions, prairie plant production, outdoor recreation, and wildlife management. Spoon River College’s 160-acre campus, including an arboretum, provides students with a wide range of management opportunities.
Forests and rangelands supply wood products, livestock forage, minerals and water; serve as sites for recreational activities; and provide habitats for wildlife. Conservation scientists and foresters manage their use and development and help to protect these and other natural resources. For this reason, they are becoming known as natural resource managers.
This program is part of the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster.
Natural Resources and Conservation
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