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The Department of Environmental Conservation's focus extends from the ecology and management of fish and wildlife populations, trees, forests, watersheds and landscapes to the physical, social, and policy aspects of conservation involving urban forests, human habitat, and sustainable building. The study of biology, sociology, policy, engineering, building science, and resource management encompasses rural, suburban, and urban environments. The unifying focus of all these activities is on the stewardship of healthy and sustainable ecosystems that provide important human and community benefits. ECO is one of 16 departments in the College of Natural Sciences.

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Casey Clapp, Measures a Newly Planted Tree in Springfield, MA

UMass Eco Extension Assistant Professor Rick Harper has begun a research initiative in Springfield, MA, which will examine the establishment and survivability of trees planted in the city in response to the June 2011 tornado which devastated much of the city’s urban forest.   The study, being completed  in cooperation with the City of Springfield,  Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station aims to better understand how large numbers of new urban tree plantings perform under real-world conditions.

Harper, along with Dr. Brian Kane and Dr. Dennis Ryan are currently collecting information on over 2,000 new street trees planted along Springfield’s roadways. Research Assistants Casey Clapp and Tood Beals are gathering information related to tree size, condition and vigor.  Additionally, Dr. Dave Bloniarz from the US Forest Service and Alex Sherman, Assistant City Forester are providing technical assistance to this initiative.

Initial findings from the study are expected to be available in December 2012.


Undergraduate Study Options in ECo:


Study Construction, Green Building, Materials, Business and Engineering
with a B.S. in Building and Construction Technology.
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Study the Environment
with a B.S. in Environmental Science .
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Study Environmental Conservation, Fisheries Ecology & Conservation, Forest Ecology & Conservation, Urban Forestry & Arboriculture, Water Resources, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
with a B.S. in Natural Resources Conservation.
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All of these programs also offer a Minor.


Study Urban Forestry & Arboriculture
with an A.S. in Arboriculture and Community Forest Management.
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