ULC Course Description
Environmental Stewardship 101
Control Number: 411
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Students will gain an understanding of the guiding principles of the USACE Environmental Stewardship (ENS) program and will have an awareness of the resources available to manage a program at the project level. Project, District, and MSC level managers will also explore skills needed to plan and execute local, regional, and national agency initiatives. Greater awareness of tools, resources, and knowledge sources available to the manager will also be shared. At the end of this course students will be able to identify and access tools, resources, and regulations necessary to successfully plan and execute the environmental stewardship mission at their respective level of operation.
This course introduces the concepts of natural resource management by providing a background on the USACE approach to monitoring, managing, and sustaining USACE lands and waters. As land managers, it is often difficult to see or understand the consequences of the decisions, actions, or existence on the environment and surrounding communities. The purpose of this class is to show how management affects the environment at a local, regional, and national scale. The class will provide the foundation and fundamentals of all aspects of the Environmental Stewardship (ENS) program, with a focus on the individual and collective impact on the quality of the overall environment through the management decisions made on USACE lands and waters. Case studies are used to examine an array of ecological, biological, agricultural, technological, economic, social, political, and other issues associated with managing USACE lands and waters. Students will receive a foundation to help make informed decisions about the management of USACE lands and waters to be better stewards of our natural resources. This course covers all aspects of the environmental stewardship program. An overview of the authorizations and regulations which guide the environmental stewardship program will be presented. Students will be introduced to topics such as master plans and operations management plan development, commodities management, and habitat management for fish and wildlife. Aquatic and land management strategies for various habitats such as forest, grassland, and wetlands will be discussed through lectures, case histories, field visits, and structured student discussion. The student will also be oriented to the different tools utilized within the program such as OMBIL, CWIFD, GPS/GIS and how they are used to collect, organize, and inventory data such as boundary, invasive species, cultural resources, habitat types, and budget.
Each student should be in a job series/position that requires familiarity with the Environmental Stewardship mission of USACE. Job series include, but are not limited to: 0401, 0460, 0025, 0802, 0810, 1640. This is an introductory level course targeting students at the GS 05, 07, 09 level or those that are new to the ES mission who have responsibilities for administering any aspect of the program.
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