Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a weekly series
examining the effects of budget cuts on each of the university’s
colleges. Next Tuesday, The Collegian will look at the College of
Applied Human Sciences.
After cutting $380,000 from its budget for this fiscal year, the
College of Natural Resources is planning on eliminating $126,000
more for next year.
Rudy Garcia, assistant to the dean of the college, said this
year’s cut is about 8 percent of their budget.
In 21 years at CSU, Garcia said he has never seen cuts this big
“It’s one of the biggest cuts I’ve seen in my time here,” Garcia
said. “I just hope that the budget bounces back in the state of
Garcia said the college lost a total of five positions. Due to
the loss of one department head, two departments were merged to
form the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Watershed
One faculty position was left vacant in the wildlife department,
the director position at the Environmental Learning Center was
eliminated and two state-classified staff positions were not
“The remainder was (cut) in operational funds,” Garcia said.
“Outside of the ELC cuts, I think we’ve done a really good job of
not impacting students. We are still teaching the courses. Our
responsibility is making sure our students are taught.”
Sarah Wadleigh, a junior wildlife biology major, said one thing
she has noticed in way of budget cuts is restrictions on paper
“The biggest thing I’ve noticed so far is paper usage,” Wadleigh
said. “(We have) paper quotas on the computers.”
Jennifer Courtemanche, a senior studying wildlife biology, has
noticed the loss of faculty and contributions to student events
such as conferences.
“(The college is) not replacing faculty that has retired,”
Courtemanche said. “There’s less money for special events.”
In the past, Randy Robinette, the wildlife department head, said
he has tried to help student organizations like the Wildlife and
American Fisheries societies with department funds. This year
because of budget cuts he cannot help as much.
“It’s been a real belt-tightening thing,” Robinette said. “A lot
of things that you’d like to support you just can’t.”
He also said the vacant human dimensions position, which deals
with the political and social aspects of wildlife management, has
been dealt with on an ad hoc basis.
“In terms of long-term impacts, positions aren’t being filled
because of budget cuts,” Robinette said. “My operational budget
isn’t as much as it was.”
The travel budget has also taken a hit, Robinette said. He was
planning on attending the national Wildlife Society meeting of
professionals in Vermont, but he said the trip was cancelled
because of budget cuts.
“I think the students have been minimally affected at this
point,” Robinette said. “Naturally we’d like to fill the position
that has been vacant but we can’t because of the budget.”
Garcia said future cuts will be dealt with by the dean and the
department heads who will collaborate to “decide what are our
“We’ll keep those programs as safe as we can,” Garcia said.
“It’s very difficult for us to resolve. The more we lose, the more
it will affect students.”