The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources enjoys a close relationship with the following affiliates that support educational, research, or internship experiences for our students. Each of these programs includes faculty from the GNR department.
Institute of Watershed Research and Management (IWRM)
WCU’s Institute of Watershed Research and Management (IWRM) brings together scientists, policymakers, economic development experts, natural resource managers, and other interested parties in an effort to preserve regional water resources while trying to ensure economic prosperity.
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Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS)
The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) at Western Carolina University takes a worldwide view of modern coastal processes and geologic hazards, examines the scientific basis for managing developed shorelines in a time of rising sea level, and advocates for the development and implementation of responsible strategies, plans, policies, and actions that promote the long-term sustainability of our nation’s coastal ecosystems.
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Forest Stewards is a non-profit corporation created to promote and implement sustainable forest management in the southern Appalachians. The goal of Forest Stewards is to serve landowners of the Appalachians who desire to be good stewards of their forests. We achieve these goals through a proactive program of education, demonstration, and research in sustainable forest management. As an associated entity of Western Carolina University, our goal is to make students, forest practitioners, landowners, policy makers, and the general public aware of the importance of forest stewardship in protecting the economic, social, and ecological sustainability of our southern highlands.
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