The International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Donald R. Field and Rabel J. Burdge Outstanding Article Award for the best general research article published in Society & Natural Resources during the preceding calendar year. The award recipient will receive a US $500 cash prize,* sponsored by the journal’s publisher, Taylor & Francis, and will be recognized at the annual International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), and through the journal and related websites.

Criteria: Commencing in 2016, the award will be presented to the author(s) of a general research article published in Society & Natural Resources during the previous calendar year that, in the judgement of the selection committee, makes an outstanding contribution to the advancement of scholarship on society and natural resources. Selection criteria include:

  • Innovative and interesting topic
  • Meaningful contribution to the study of society and natural resources
  • Engagement with prior scholarship
  • Quality of conceptual development
  • Solid, well-articulated methodology and effective use of evidence, as applicable
  • Coherent and persuasive argument
  • Clarity and general excellence in writing

Articles that promise to be influential over time are preferred.

Nominations: The selection committee will consider all general research articles published in the journal during the prior calendar year. Independent nominations from the same pool of eligible articles are welcome and encouraged. To nominate an article, please send a letter to including the article’s full citation, a brief discussion of why the article is an outstanding contribution to scholarship on society and natural resources, and why you expect it to be influential over time.

Deadline: Letters of nomination must be received by March 1, 2016.

For further information about this award please contact:


* If more than one author, the cash award will be divided equally among the authors.
† Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current editors of the journal are ineligible to receive this award.

Donations to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

Charleston, SC has been a generous host to the ISSRM 2015 meeting. We are saddened by the tragic event that happened on the night of June 17, 2015, where 9 people were killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church located in the College of Charleston community. IASNR has donated $1,000 to support the families of the victims. As an organization we would like to encourage our members to donate and assist the community to recover. Donations are accepted on the website of the church:

IASNR Constitution and By-Laws amendments –  notification of proposed changes to be voted on at 2015 ISSRM

The IASNR Council has approved several amendments to the IASNR Constitution and Bylaws. The amendments have been proposed to accomplish the following:

(1) Provide clarification and consistency of language throughout both documents

(2) Eliminate duplicative language across the two documents (e.g., placing details of organizational rules and operational processes in the bylaws and eliminating same from the constitution)

(3) Revise and standardize required member notification timelines for IASNR administrative actions (e.g., announcement of meetings; notification of amendments to constitution or bylaws)

(4) Update information related to IASNR Executive Officers, Council, and Committees (e.g., eligibility, nomination, elections, process)

(5) Add Emeritus Member as a new class of IASNR membership

Please click here to view the proposed amendments to the IASNR Constitution and Bylaws

Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management at Michigan State University – Entirely Online Professional Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management

Michigan State University

Entirely Online Professional Certificate


Openings Available for Fall Semester 2015

The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to promote the offering of the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management for the 2015–2016 academic year. The program can be completed in addition to current degree programs and supplements a wide range of vocations.

The Certificate equips participants with the interdisciplinary tools and conceptual backgrounds to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate forestry-based climate change mitigation projects. As professionals, Certification provides an edge in competing for opportunities in forest carbon project development, REDD+ policy, and carbon offset investment advising for corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations.

Participants in the Certificate program learn the scientific foundations of climate change and forest-climate interactions, how forest management affects forest carbon balance, the ins and outs of forest carbon markets, the social context of forest carbon sequestration, and the tools for measuring, monitoring, and accounting for forest carbon – including satellite imagery, remote sensing, and integrated carbon sequestration models.

Delivered entirely online, the program is geared for participation from anywhere in the world with a highly practical focus closely linked to the science, methodologies, and practices used in the field today.  Applicants from a broad range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including current M.S. and Ph.D. students, recent graduates, and working professionals. Participants in the Certificate Program must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.

To earn the Certificate, participants must complete four on-line courses:

  • Forest Biogeochemistry and Global Climate Change (FOR 831)
  • Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management (FOR 833)
  • Forest Carbon Policy, Economics, and Finance (FOR 835)
  • Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon (FOR 837)

FOR 831 and FOR 835 are offered during Fall Semester and FOR 833 and FOR 837 are offered in Spring Semester. Participants may take 1 or 2 courses per semester.

Enrollment is now open for 2015 Fall Semester. Applications received by June 26th will be given full consideration. U.S. domestic individuals must complete the application and deliver transcripts; international individuals must complete the application, deliver transcripts, and submit TOEFL scores.

To apply, visit and complete the online application.  Be sure to select “Graduate Certificate” from the first drop-down menu.

For more information, or to discuss partnership programming and additional opportunities visit or contact Lauren Cooper at


Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Training for Planners and Environmental-Natural Resource Managers at the 2015 ISSRM!

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Training
for Planners and Environmental-Natural Resource Managers

Rabel Burdge, Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) will be giving a two- day SIA Training Courses titled:

Making Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Count
In the Environmental and Natural Resource Planning Process: Examples from Indigenous Populations

13 & 14 June,2015 at the University of Charleston Conference Center in Charleston, South Carolina, Preceding the Annual Symposium of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR)

Learn the basics or update your skills! The two day SIA training course costs US $395 and  includes lunch and refreshment breaks both days, the 2015 edition of  A Community Guide to Social Impact Assessment, all course hand-outs and a completion certificate. To view the course outline click on   To register for the Symposium and the training course , go to The Symposium Website for registration To obtain a place in the course, registration by 29 May, 2015 is encouraged. After that date, registration is accepted on a space available basis. For further course details contact Rabel, the instructor, at or phone +1-217-954-1812 . Details on how to reach the venue are included on the Symposium web site and receipts are sent by e-mail after payment confirmation. Special housing rates in Charleston, South Carolina  are available through IASNR after registration for the conference. Check in for the SIA course is available on Friday, 12 June from 5-7 pm and on Saturday, 13 June beginning at 7:30 amMinimum Enrollment is 10 with a Maximum of 25 Persons—So Register Now!

Call for Submissions – Special Issue on…

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The editors of Society & Natural Resources invite submissions for a special, interdisciplinary issue on global water crises and efforts to create governance institutions and strategies for a more sustainable future, to be published in late 2015/ early 2016. Authors whose paper proposals are accepted for consideration for the special issue will be encouraged to participate in a related special session at the 21st International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), June 13-18, 2015, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.* See attachment.

Call for Submissions – Special Issue on…