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Climate change is the variation in the Earth's global climate or in regional climates over time. It describes changes in the variability or average state of the atmosphere over time scales ranging from decades to millions of years. These changes can be caused by processes internal to the Earth, external forces, such as variations in sunlight intensity, or human activities.
Does spending time in nature produce benefits to human health? The question has intrigued researchers and scientists for decades or more. While cause and effect is hard to prove, a large body of scientific research finds a positive correlation between nature experiences and general well-being.
This website presents an overview of a program of research concerning the human dimensions of city trees and natural resources. Our research demonstrates the importance of nature in cities for individual people and human communities.
Indigenous Peoples often have profound cultural and spiritual values for their lands as well as economic, ecological, and other social values. Therefore, it is critical for natural resource managers to understand the history, culture, and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples when managing natural resources. This understanding can lead to improved relationships and trust among management organizations, Indigenous groups, and community members.
This seminar series provides a forum balanced between students and professionals to discuss societal involvement in natural resource policy and decisions. Presentations focus on theory and methodology, research findings, and management implications. ISESS is a catalyst for building stronger connections among natural resource professionals and students along Colorado's Front Range and beyond.
MPAs are defined areas where natural and/or cultural resources are given greater protection than the surrounding waters. In the U.S., MPAs span a range of habitats including the open ocean, coastal areas, inter-tidal zones, estuaries, and the Great Lakes. They also vary widely in purpose, legal authorities, agencies, management approaches, level of protection, and restrictions on human uses.
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 requires agency and public participation in the planning process for new usage projects proposed for public land. This includes disclosure of all alternative actions, and brings out environmental concerns of the affected public, and requires environmental impact consideration throughout the planning and decision making process. There are three levels of documents needed depending on the project: Categorical Exclusions for routine administrative procedures, Environmental Assessment for the proposed plans, and Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed actions.
Growth and development affects every aspect of our lives where we work, how long it takes to get to there, where our children go to school, where we buy our groceries, where we find cultural and recreational opportunities, transportation and housing costs, etc.
Economists use a variety of economic analysis and custom modeling to evaluate how investments and management decisions affect individuals, local communities, and society as a whole.