Mandy Chesnutt

A Different Facet of “On-the-Ground”

“Working on what you care about makes work so much more interesting and fulfilling,” says Mandy Chesnutt, an alumna of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) inaugural cohort. “I go home every night knowing I contributed to something bigger.” (more…)

Jeremy Orr - Waterfall

Water Reflections: A Traveler Stumbles Upon Dry Land

As a native Michigander, I grew up around one of the largest fresh water systems in the world, the Great Lakes — not to mention the countless inland lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams that were carved into Michigan’s landscape by retreating glaciers thousands of years ago. Surrounded by so much fresh water, the words “drought”, “water famine”, and “water scarcity” didn’t seem too imminent a threat to me, as I usually applied them to arid landscapes in the western United States or deserts elsewhere in the world. In fact, they were so foreign to me, they may as well have been alien species from a distant planet. (more…)

Report - Collective Impact in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Case Study of the Chester River Association and a Roadmap to Success.

Collective Impact: A Case Study of the Chester River Association

This past summer, Starlite Sustainable Solutions (SSS), a student team of the Virginia Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, worked on a project that focused on how Collective Impact (CI) can be instrumental in making progress on complex social and environmental issues. This particular learning experience built upon previous months of learning sustainability theories and practices, where SSS team members engaged with change agents and leaders in their respective sustainability fields. (more…)

Rebecca Lamphear and classmates in India for their International Field Experience in January 2015

My Glimpse at Different Conservation Solutions in India

As I arrived at the airport and prepared to meet my classmates from the Online Master of Natural Resources program in person for the very first time, I began to feel a bit apprehensive at the task before us. Our goal: an analysis of the sustainable livelihood programs in the Western Terai-Arc Tiger Conservation landscape, State of Uttarakhand, India. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this ten-day International Field Experience but several questions crossed my mind right off the bat. (more…)

forest to faucet

Leading the Way from Forests to Faucets

Forests improve our drinking water: nearly 75 percent of the Northeast and Midwest region’s population relies on forests to reduce sedimentation and remove excess nutrients from the surface water they drink. CLiGS recently had the opportunity to interview Buck Kline about his experiences as a leader of efforts to improve forests and water. This interview provides insight on the virtues of ecosystem services, associated water quality challenges, and practical skills needed for effective leadership. (more…)

Robert Cox, an Online Master of Natural Resources alumnus, met with scientists and curriculum developers at the Wash Woods Environmental Education Center to have his graduate capstone research developed into new science curriculum for Virginia students across the state.

From Capstone to Curriculum

Did you know that invasive feral pigs have been reported in at least 40 of the 50 states?

This past month, Robert Cox, recent Online Master of Natural Resource graduate, was personally invited to attend a writing workshop organized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and Project Wild. The workshop was centered around creating a feral hog curriculum based on one of the recommendations in his paper titled “Potential Impacts of Increased Feral Pig Populations to Virginia’s National Forests.” (more…)