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Ames Forester

Abstract

Although I.S.U. is known for having the oldest continuously-functioning undergraduate forestry program in the United States, we're also known for constantly seeking ways to improve and update our courses and curriculum. In that spirit, the Outdoor Recreation Resources curriculum was assigned to the Department of Forestry in 1969. Under the initial leadership of DeWitt Nelson and because of new in' terest of college students in the amenity side of forest land management, the curriculum flourished and was substantially improved in content and focus. Continued improvement has taken place as new courses in outdoor recreation have been added both in Forestry and other departments, and as many previously existing courses have been altered to put new emphasis on recreation aspects of forest resource management. In addition, there now exists considerably more coordination between departments and continuity between courses than in the beginning years.

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