Cathi having a discussion with Mark -  Ecosystem Management PSM Degree at The University of Northern Iowa

What is Ecosystem Management?

From J. Stan Rowe (1992):

Ecosystem management is "the application of the ecosystem approach in the conservation, management, and restoration of regional and local landscape ecosystems. It means that everyone attends to the conservation and sustainability of ecosystems, instead of sharply focusing on the productivity of individual or competing resources -- which has been our traditional mode of operation."

PSM-EM Partners

We value greatly the close connections we have forged with a wide variety of conservation professionals in our region and beyond. The PSM-EM program interacts with these partners through student projects, assistantship funding, summer internships, conference attendance by students, invited speakers, guest field workshops and post-graduation employment.

All of these organizations have contributed to the development and ongoing evaluation of the PSM-EM curriculum at UNI.

Federal Agencies

  • Bureau of Land Management; Fish and Wildlife Service; National Park Service
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service

State Agencies, Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations

  • Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards
  • Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship-Bureau of Mines and Minerals
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources; State Preserves Advisory Board
  • Iowa Department of Transportation-Living Roadway Trust Fund
  • Iowa Environmental Council; Practical Farmers of Iowa
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Iowa Chapter, The Nature Conservancy, Natureserve
  • Iowa State University Agricultural Extension-Iowa Learning Farm
  • Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

City, County and Regional Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations

  • Black Hawk County Conservation Board
  • Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation Commission
  • City of Cedar Falls-Department of Developmental Services
  • Dickinson County Conservation Board
  • Dry Run Creek Watershed Advisory Board (Cedar Falls, IA)
  • Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development
  • Middle St. Croix Watershed Management Organization (Minnesota)
  • Palo Alto County Conservation Board

Private Companies

  • Bonestroo and Associates
  • Critical Connections Ecological Services
  • Grimes Asphalt Paving Corporation

Other Out-of-state Organizations

  • Camp Newfound, Maine
  • Camp Owatana, Maine
  • Center for Ecological Living and Learning, Ohio
  • Chicago Botanical Garden
  • Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
  • The Land Institute, Salina Kansas
  • Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Colorado
  • University of South Dakota - EcoSun Prairie Farms

On-Campus Collaborations Include:

  • Business and Community Services - Center for Energy and Environmental Education
  • Department of Facilities Planning
  • Tallgrass Prairie Center