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Conservation of natural resources can be defined as the management of a natural resource to ensure current and future use by prevention of destruction or degradation of that resource.  For more information go to the Society for Conservation Biology.  The A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History supports and organizes regional conservation projects including:

Prairie Restoration and Conservation.  Dr. Mark Hammer coordinates on-going prairie restoration and conservation activities at the WSC Ecological Study Area (ESA), at the Thompson Barnes Wildlife Management Area Prairie and at the Dog Town Creek Prairie.  The restoration and conservation activities at these area prairies serve as a field laboratory for WSC students.  The La Porte Cemetary east of Wayne also conserves tallgrass prairie diversity.  Local residents and WSC students have come together to restore these prairies and to study and their biological diversity. Contact Mark Hammer for more information on these projects.

Watershed Ecology and Conservation.  Dr. Barbara Hayford is supervising undergraduate research examining correlations between riparian range condition and stream quality.  Research sites include streams in the Bazile Creek and Verdigris Creek Watersheds and in the upper White, Niobrara, and Cheyenne River watersheds.  The Nebraska sites have been designated as Biologically Unique Landscapes in the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project.  This project also involves research of steppe watersheds of Mongolia and is linked to the Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey and Mongolian Chironomidae.  Contact Barbara Hayford for more information.