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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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Rob Rizzo (right) explains the woody biomass conveyor that feeds the boiler system.  

The student chapter of the Society of American Foresters visited Mount Wachusetts Community College and met with Robert Rizzo, Director of Faculties Administration (and UMass forestry alumnus), who gave a tour of their biomass heating operation. The college has over 500,000 square feet of teaching and administration space and more than 5,000 students, and is heated entirely by woody biomass generated from forest harvesting operations. (more…)


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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You can find our Graduate Study Optionshere.

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