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Natural Resources
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The Central Lakes College Natural Resources Program provides students a well-rounded background in natural resources, preparing them for work in a variety of fields including wildlife and fisheries management, forestry, water resources, or parks and interpretation.  The natural resources core courses include a strong outdoor laboratory component which allows students to reinforce classroom learning by applying it in environmental settings. 

The outdoor focus, a cornerstone of the program, also prepares students to work safely and effectively in the field, skills critically important to potential employers.  The relatively small size of the Natural Resources Program allows students full access to their instructors and to get to know other students and forge life-long friendships. 

Dr. William Faber
Dr. William Faber holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University, and a Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in wildlife ecology from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, where his research focused on moose. He is a board member of the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society, in addition to being appointed as a citizen member of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on MN Resources (LCCMR) and the Budgetary Oversight Committee (BOC) overseeing spending of the Game & Fish Fund by the MN Department of Natural Resources. Dr. Faber provides an international perspective on natural resources management and his extensive global commitment to natural resources is proven in travel to 30 nations primarily for wildlife ecology-related work.
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Kent Montgomery
Kent Montgomery earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology and Education from the University of Montana, and a Master of Science degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He has worked in ecological field research activities for more than thirty years, including seabird ecology along the Pacific Coast and in Antarctica, moose ecology and forestry management in Montana and aquatic research across coastal Georgia, south Florida, and central Minnesota. He also has experience in planning and implementing prescribed fire, creating and enforcing conservation easements, and utilizing remote imagery/sensing in wildlife and forest management. When not at the campus, Kent coaches Nordic skiing and manages his land for multiple uses including wildlife, recreation, lumber, firewood, and maple syrup production.
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