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You may click on one of the major units of this Web site listed above or as they are presented in the Contents.

A detailed list of the contents is also available.

This whole web site is educational. I educate myself as I try to comprehend the materials and present them for you as I currently understand them. One of the best ways to learn anything is to try to teach it.

I offer the graduate course called Modern Wildlife Resource Management through the Northern Virginia Graduate Center. Contact Dr. Trauger for details.
David L. Trauger, Ph.D.
Director of Natural Resources Programs
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Northern Virginia Center
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22043-2311
Phone: 703-538-8365
Email: dtrauger@vt.edu

Request: Modern Wildlife Management Flyer1.doc


Modern Wildlife Resource Management

Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center is offering Modern Wildlife Resource Management, a graduate course available anytime, anywhere with Internet access. This course focuses on the major concepts of wildlife resource management with modern alternatives and options. With a forest wildlife emphasis to wildlife management fundamentals, the course topics include theory development, wildlife-related enterprises, computer map applications and modeling, strategic studies, a total system paradigm, vertebrate pest damage management, an ecotourism alternative, and a dynamic land-use planning system.

According to Dr. David L. Trauger, Director of Natural Resources Programs at the Northern Virginia Center, Modern Wildlife Resource Management, exclusively a distance-learning 3-credit course, will be taught by Dr. Robert H. Giles, Jr. Dr. Giles is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences and the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech. Dr. Giles will supply an extensive text and the course will feature email-managed assignments and exams.

Dr. Giles taught and conducted research at Virginia Tech for 30 years after spending 5 years teaching at the University of Idaho. He has been a smokechaser, wildlife biologist, chairman of a planning commission, consultant, and landowner. He edited the techniques manual of The Wildlife Society and authored over 200 other papers. Professionally, he has concentrated on decision-making, planning, wildlife information systems, geographic information systems, and impact analyses.

Modern Wildlife Resource Management is available to anyone who has had one or more wildlife courses in their undergraduate and graduate degrees or working professionals who have had extensive wildlife-related career experience. This distance-learning course attempts to address the special needs of people now employed within natural resources agencies.

Information on admission and course registration may be obtained at the Northern Virginia Center or via the Internet at http://www.nvc.vt.edu/ or by telephone 703-538-8324. For a course flyer or other information, please contact Dr. David L. Trauger, Director of Natural Resources Programs, Northern Virginia Center, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Falls Church, Virginia 22043-2311; telephone: 703-538-8365 or email: dtrauger@vt.edu.

The Essential files are to provide materials usually covered in undergraduate courses and provide review material for the above course.

I shall be pleased to consider requests for lectures and intructional materials in any aspect of topics within this web site.

  • Species-Specific Management (SSM) is a folder with about 90 files describing procedures and actions to manage species (or groups such as songbirds and predators). I organized, designed the work, and shared my files with students. These students over many years did library work, and I edited and added to their work. The results are excellent "here is what to do" statements without much fluff or theory. I'll welcome similar contributions from students, faculty, etc. It is such a waste to have students do work that contributes only to their personal well-being! SSM was and remains a strategy to build a part of a knowledge base and to apply feedback to it.

  • Forest Faunal Systems -- A 1600- page book manuscript about a systems approach to the modern management of the forest wildlife resource (all of the fauna; little about plants). It is a major text used in the course called Modern Wildlife Resource Management.

  • Appendices -- Glossary; Measures and Coefficients; Contacts and Favorite Links; my Curriculum Vitae with publication list.

    For those who just can't seem to tolerate all of these concepts, theories, policies, or philosophy of resource management, there is the Action List, a silple but long list of just what to do on the landscape...but be careful out there.

    The above major units are also listed in the Contents of the Web Site.

    I hope you will be a frequent user of these resources and that we may correspond for their improvements. Send me e-mail or other mail to 504 Rose Avenue, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA 24060. My phone is 540-552-8672.

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    Last revision August 13, 2002.