About the Landsward institute:
A New Model for Stewardship on the Colorado Plateau
The Landsward Institute envisions a future where land managers, researchers, and legislators work together to implement responsible land-use policies for a more sustainable future. In conjunction with researchers, faculty, staff and students at NAU, the program works to advance the understanding of ecological, social, and economic factors contributing to informed land stewardship in the Southwest. This information is disseminated to public land managers and private land owners to support informed land use practices and policies.
The university-based program is designed to:
- Facilitate cutting-edge research by NAU-affiliated faculty and students on private and public lands on the Colorado Plateau and greater southwest region;
- Provide research and learning opportunities to NAU undergraduate and graduate students;
- Serve as a comprehensive and central resource for cultural, ecological, and land-use data pertaining to the southwest via the GIS-based Southwest Ecological Information System;
- Minimize human impacts and sustain healthy ecosystems by recognizing the deep interconnections that exists between humans and the natural environment.
Landsward’s vision is guided by the land ethic articulated by conservationist Aldo Leopold, who believed that conservation and sound land-use practices must acknowledge humanity as part of the greater biotic web.
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 5845
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5845
Applied Research and Development Bld., #56
Phone (928) 523-0716
Fax (928) 523-0717
Karan English, Director
Phone: (928) 523-0670