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James Harding Ph.D.

Program Director, Masters of Science in Environmental Studies; Associate Professor of Natural Resources Management

Ames Hall 102
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.

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

My teaching perspective blends applied field skills, quantitative analyses, and philosophical assumptions about what we value in natural resources. To this end, I enjoy teaching classes across all three of these dimensions. Classes that factor regularly into my schedule include:
ELA 1000: Images of Nature
ELA 1045: Environmental Ethics
ELA 1105: Quantitative Environmental Analysis
ENV 6025: Statistical Methods
ENV 6070: Public Resource Management
NRM 1001: Introduction to Natural Resources Management
NRM 2015: Field Experience
NRM 2020: Data Analysis and Modeling
NRM 3065: Hunting—History, Ethics, and Management
NRM 4025: Resource Impacts and Management
NRM 4052: Capstone and Exam

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
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. (2004). Cruising. Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America. Ed. Gary S. Cross. 2 vols. Woodbridge, CT.

Borrie, W. T., & Harding, J. A. (2002). Effective Recreation Visitor Communication Strategies: Rock Climbers in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana. USDA Forest Service Research Note RMRS-RN-15. Missoula, MT: Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Harding, J. A. (2002). Narratives on Nature, Beauty, and Public Lands: A Search for an Elusive Environmental Ethics. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Montana).

Miller, T. A., Borrie, W. T., & Harding, J. A. (2001). Basic knowledge of factors that limit the practice of low-impact behaviors. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report INT-97068-RJVA. Missoula, MT: Rocky Mountain Research Station.

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.

Harding, J. A., & Borrie, W. T. (2000). Applying participant observation to rock climbing issues in the Bitterroot region of Montana. In: Schneider, I. E., Chavez, D. J., Borrie, W. T., & James, K.(Eds.), The third symposium on social aspects and recreation research: diverse challenges of our times: people, products, places; 2000 February 16-19; Tempe, AZ. (pp. 113-121).

Harding, J. A., Borrie, W.T. & Cole, D. N. (2000). Factors that limit compliance with low-impact recommendations. In: Cole, D. N., McCool, S. F., Borrie, W. T.; & O'Loughlin, J., (Compilers), Proceedings—Wilderness science in a time of change conference: Volume 4: Wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management; 1999 May 23-27; Missoula, MT. (pp. 198-202). Proc. RMRS-P-15-VOL-4. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Chavez, D. J., J. A. Harding, and J. F. Tynon. (1999). National Recreation Trails: A Forgotten Designation. Journal of Forestry, 97(10): 40-43.

Chavez, D. J., Tynon, J. F. & Harding, J. A. (1999). America’s Best Kept Secret: The National Recreation Trails. Parks and Recreation Magazine, 34(3): 36-46.

Tynon, J. F., Chavez, D. J. & Harding, J. A. (1997). National Recreation Trails: A Comprehensive Nationwide Survey, USDA Forest Service Cooperative Research Report, PSW-96-0011CA, Riverside, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Tynon, J. F., Harding, J. A. & Chavez D.J. (1997). National Recreation Trails: A Management Study. USDA Forest Service Recreation Research Update 23, Riverside, CA:, Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Presentations
Developing Social Mechanisms to Promote Community-Scale Biomass Energy Projects The Society of American Foresters National Convention, Honolulu, HI (2011)
Mittlefehldt, S. and J. Harding

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

Environmental Ethics: Challenges and Strategies of Measurement
The 11th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Ostersund, Sweden: (2005)
Harding, J., B. Borrie, and W. Throop

Environmental Ethics of Rock Climbers in the Adirondacks: A Quantitative Approach
Northeast Recreation Research Symposium, Bolton Landing, NY: (2005)
Stuessy, T., J. Harding, and K. Sams

Wilderness in Our Changing New England Forests
New England Society of American Foresters Meeting, Portland, ME: (2005)
Daigle, J. and J. Harding

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

Education and Communication in Our Changing New England Forests
New England Society of American Foresters Meeting, Portland, ME: (2005)
Harding J. and J. Daigle

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

Career Possibilities and Opportunities—Becoming a Professor
National Recreation and Parks Association, St. Louis, MO: (2003)
Bocarro, J., C. Outley, and J. A. Harding

Career Possibilities and Opportunities—Becoming a Professor
National Recreation and Parks Association, Tampa, FL: (2002)
Bocarro, J., C. Outley, and J. A. Harding

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)
Harding, J. A.

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)
Harding, J. A.

Our Relationship with Nature: The ‘Right’ vs. the ‘Good’
Southeastern Recreation Research Conference, Asheville, NC: (2001)
Harding, J. A. and W. T. Borrie

Invited Paper on Collaborative Approaches in Rock Climbing Research
Regional Training Academy for the U.S. Forest Service, Missoula, MT: 2000
Harding, J. A. and W. T. Borrie

Applying Participant Observation to Rock Climbing Issues in the Bitterroot Region of Montana
Social Aspects of Recreation Research Symposium, Tempe, AZ: (2000)
Harding, J. A. and W. T. Borrie

Factors that Limit Compliance with Low-Impact Recommendations (Poster Presentation)
Wilderness Science Conference, Missoula, MT: (1999)
Harding, J. A., W. T. Borrie, and D. N. Cole

America’s Best Kept Secret: National Recreation Trails
National Trails Symposium, Tucson, AZ: (1998)
Chavez, D. J., J. F. Tynon, J. A. Harding, and B. Bowden

A Comprehensive Study of National Recreation Trails: An Overview
Northeast Recreation Research Symposium, Bolton Landing, NY, (1997)
Tynon, J.F., J.A. Harding and D.J. Chavez

The Identification of Criteria for a Trail Rating System and the Development of a Trail Rating System Model
Northeast Recreation Research Symposium, Saratoga Springs, NY, (1995)
Harding, J.A., K.J. Yoo, J.F. Tynon and F.L. Newby

A Trail Information System (TIS) Using Critical Criteria of Trail Settings: A GIS-Based Case Study in Acadia National Park, Maine
Northeast Recreation Research Symposium, Saratoga Springs, NY, (1995)
Poster session: Yoo, K.J., J.A. Harding, J.F. Tynon and F.L. Newby

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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