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James Harding Ph.D.

Dean of the Faculty
Professor of Natural Resources Management


Dunton Hall 115A
One Brennan Circle
Poultney, VT 05764-1199
Email: hardingj@greenmtn.edu
Phone: 802-287-8328; Fax: 802-287-8080

Natural Resources Management (NRM) is about the intersection of ecological processes and human needs. My approach to NRM is to engage students in as many applied issues and decisions as possible. Typically, we focus on how our human systems rely upon our natural systems and how each system feeds back on itself and the other. Specifically, informed NRM requires us to engage in important trade-offs between multiple values.

Applied problem-solving is the core of NRM. Mathematical modeling and statistical approaches underlie much of this problem-solving. However, these are necessary but insufficient lenses to view the world. Sound judgment in resource-based decision-making requires both quantitative and qualitative methods. Students in NRM will confront the challenges of making difficult decisions in a complex world where multiple demands are put upon our resources. Some of the applied issues we have covered in classes include:

  • Examining the forested ‘footprint’ required for GMC’s biomass facility

  • Understanding the role of land-ownership change as it affects forest composition and management

  • Developing recreational trails

  • Measuring and monitoring environmental impacts from forest operations

The currency of NRM is data—this data comes in many forms and formats. Students learn that the best decisions are made with the best data. NRM students gain experience with multiple field skills each designed to produce information to aid in decision-making. Some of the specific field skills include:

  • Forest Inventory Methods

  • Wildlife Habitat Monitoring and Analysis

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyses

  • Soil and Water Assessments

  • Recreation and Aesthetics Evaluations

Education
Ph.D. in Forestry, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
M.S. in Forestry, University of Maine, Orono, ME
B.A. in Advertising and French, University of Evansville, IN

Publications
Goergen, M., J.A. Harding, C. Owen, M. Rey, L. Scarlett (2013) The State and Future of U.S. Forests and the Forest Industry: Workshop Report and Recommendations. US Endowment for Forests and Communities

Harding, J.A. and A. McDermott (2013) McKetta testifies on behalf of SAF at House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing. The Forestry Source Volume 18, Number 4 (p. 9).

Harding, J.A. (2012) Book Review: Beyond Naturalness, edited by David Cole and Laurie Yung. Restoration Ecology

Harding, J.A. (2011) Accreditation and a Big Tent vs. Small Tent. The Forestry Source Volume 16, Number 9 (pp. 6 – 7).

Harding, J.A. (2011) Our Society of American Foresters: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 72 (1): 4.

Harding, J.A. (2010) Fire in New England Forests: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 71 (4): 8.

Harding, J.A. (2010) Forestry in Reality Television: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 71(3): 8.

Harding, J.A. (2010). Being a Forester: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 71(2): 8.

Harding, J.A. (2009). Data and Technology: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 70(4): 8.

Harding, J.A. (2009). Forest Pests: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 70(3): 8.

Stuessy, T. and J.A. Harding. (2009). Environmental Ethics of Rock Climbers in the Adirondacks: A Factor Analysis. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.

Harding, J.A. (2009). Forest Soils: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 70(2): 11.

Harding, J.A. (2009). Education and Outreach: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 70(1): 4.

Harding, J.A. (2008). Forest Products Markets: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 69(4): 5.

Harding, J.A. (2008). Urban Forestry: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 69(3): 8.

Harding, J.A. (2008). Forest Carbon: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 69(2): 8.

Harding, J. A. (2008). The Ice Storm—10 Years Later: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 69(1): 8.

Harding, J. A. (2007). Old Growth Forests in New England: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 68(4): 8.

Harding, J. A. (2007). Forest Ownership Changes in New England: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly 68(3): 8.

Harding, J. A. (2007) Beech Bark Disease: Theme Introduction. New England Society of American Foresters News Quarterly, 68(2): 8.

Harding, J. A. (2004). Book Review: Reconstructing Conservation, edited by Ben Minteer and Bob Manning. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.

Harding, J. A. (2001). Fair Chase or Fair Game? How Guides and Outfitters Market Hunting on the Internet. Book of Abstracts for the 10th Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. (p. 36).

Harding, J. A. (2000). Book Review: The Human Relationship with Nature: Development and Culture, by Peter J. Kahn. Leisure Sciences 22(1): 209-210.


Presentations
Natural Resources Math: The Best Worst Class You’ll Ever Teach. The Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources, Auburn, AL: March 14, 2014
Developing Social Mechanisms to Promote Community-Scale Biomass Energy Projects The Society of American Foresters National Convention, Honolulu, HI (2011)

Environmental Ethics of Rock Climbers in the Adirondacks: A Factor Analysis The Society of American Foresters National Convention, Portland, OR (2007)

Environmental Ethics: Challenges and Strategies of Measurement
The 11th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Ostersund, Sweden: (2005)

Environmental Ethics of Rock Climbers in the Adirondacks: A Quantitative Approach Northeast Recreation Research Symposium, Bolton Landing, NY: (2005) Wilderness in Our Changing New England Forests

New England Society of American Foresters Meeting, Portland, ME: (2005)
Recreational Resources in Our Changing New England Forests
New England Society of American Foresters Meeting, Portland, ME: (2005)

Education and Communication in Our Changing New England Forests

New England Society of American Foresters Meeting, Portland, ME: (2005)
Human Resources in Our Changing New England Forests

New England Society of American Foresters Meeting, Portland, ME: (2005)

Career Possibilities and Opportunities—Becoming a Professor
National Recreation and Parks Association, St. Louis, MO: (2003)

Career Possibilities and Opportunities—Becoming a Professor
National Recreation and Parks Association, Tampa, FL: (2002)

Stories Living on the Land: Pre-modern Environmental Ethics for a Post-Modern World
1st Annual Meeting of The Art of the Story, Barbourville, KY: (2001)

Fair Chase or Fair Game? How Guides and Outfitters Market Hunting on the Internet 10th Annual Meeting of the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, OH: (2001)

Our Relationship with Nature: The ‘Right’ vs. the ‘Good’
Southeastern Recreation Research Conference, Asheville, NC: (2001)

Invited Paper on Collaborative Approaches in Rock Climbing Research
Regional Training Academy for the U.S. Forest Service, Missoula, MT: 2000

Applying Participant Observation to Rock Climbing Issues in the Bitterroot Region of Montana
Social Aspects of Recreation Research Symposium, Tempe, AZ: (2000)

Factors that Limit Compliance with Low-Impact Recommendations (Poster Presentation)
Wilderness Science Conference, Missoula, MT: (1999)

America’s Best Kept Secret: National Recreation Trails
National Trails Symposium, Tucson, AZ: (1998)

A Comprehensive Study of National Recreation Trails: An Overview
Northeast Recreation Research Symposium, Bolton Landing, NY, (1997)


Professional Memberships
International Association for Society and Natural Resources
Society for Conservation Biology
Society of American Foresters
Forest Guild
Resource Modeling Association



 

 

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