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What effect does stream restoration have on streamflow and other qualities? Grad student Christine Brissette is working with professor Kelsey Jencso to find out — and getting grants to support her work.
Professor Andrew Larson recently published research estimating the abundance of morel mushrooms after a wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada.
Student wins Garden Club scholarship
Congratulations to recent ecological restoration graduate and new master's student Christine McManamen for receiving a $4,000 scholarship from National Garden Clubs, Inc. She's working with professor Cara Nelson.
New class this fall: Field Studies in Conservation
Join professors Brian Chaffin and Alex Metcalf for NRSM 215: Field Studies in Conservation and earn one credit in one full weekend of class, traveling across western Montana to learn about current issues in resource conservation. Learn more.
Gravel-bed river floodplains are some of the most ecologically important habitats in North America, according to new research by scientists from UM and beyond.
For more than 20 years, professor Wayne Freimund and CFC students have worked with colleagues in Zambia to address issues of conservation, land and wildlife management, and the role of humans in the natural ecosystem.
Forestry students helped plan forest restoration treatments now taking place at the Bandy Experimental Ranch in the Blackfoot Valley. Last fall, they wrote management plans and earlier this spring, timber harvest started on three units of the ranch.
Graduate student Sophia Weinmann will use her Fulbright award to study how changing agricultural practices can deter crop-raiding elephants in Kenya.
We're thrilled to announce Tom DeLuca as our new dean, starting Jan. 1, 2017. Tom, a highly acclaimed soil scientist, comes back to CFC after having been a faculty member here for 12 years.
Professor Beth Dodson is project director of a grant recently funded for $1.4 million to look at using biomass from fuels-reduction and forest-restoration treatments. Professor John Goodburn and partners from the U.S. Forest Service and NAU will also work on the newly funded project.
Welcome Josh Millspaugh - the new Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation in the Wildilfe Biology Program.
Professors Solomon Dobrowski, Phil Higuera, Andrew Larson, Libby Covelli Metcalf, Alex Metcalf, and Martin Nie earned more than $1 million in funding from the Joint Fire Science Program for five separate wildfire research projects.
Congrats to John Parcell, winner of the Western Collegiate STIHL Timbersports Qualifier, and to the entire UM Woodsman Team, who took first place in their 77th annual conclave!
Alex Barton received a Wyss scholarship to continue his grad research on the Blackfoot Community Conservation Area's management and socio-ecological outcomes over the last decade.
Professor Burke wins teaching award
Congratulations to Professor Ed Burke, who received the Most Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award, as voted on by all UM graduates. The award recognizes the extraordinary impact Professor Burke has had on students' lives.
Congratulations to Professor Martin Nie, 2016 winner of UM's Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes Nie's 14 years of engaging instruction in natural resource policy.
Congratulations to the 100+ students who received $250,000 in scholarships and to the outstanding students, faculty, and staff who received awards at our 2016 scholarship reception.
Ecological restoration major Jesse Bunker was just honored by UM for his research on pinecone and seed viability in whitebark pine trees.
Congratulations to Nicky Phear on her Clean Energy and Empowerment Education Award from the Dept. of Energy. The national award recognizes her leadership in education about clean energy and her mentorship of students in our Climate Change Studies program.
Megan Nasto recently received support from the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to support her research on soil nutrients.
UM was honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a 2015 Tree Campus USA. There are more than 100 species of trees around UM's campus - you'll learn many of them in professor Burke's dendrology class!
Current PhD student Chris Armatas and alum Steve Martin were both recently honored with awards from the U.S. Forest Service for their research and service on behalf of wilderness.
'65 alum and generous donor to our college, Earle Layser, recently finished a book telling of his great love and adventures with wife Pattie. They traveled the world together to document and protect habitat and wildlife. In 2014 they gifted our college $1.5 million to endow a preofessorship.
Recent PTRM alum Dan Shook explains how he got a job as a park ranger — and provides helpful advice to aspiring rangers
Director of the Bolle Center for People & Forests talks to Outside magazine about the push to protect more federal land in the West
"I would absolutely tell our foundation that they should be on a strategic path to pulling out of coal investments as soon as they can," professor Steve Running said Tuesday. "And then, over a little longer term, oil and gas investments.
When University of Montana biogeochemistry Professor Cory Cleveland begins a new project in Panama this summer, he will push the boundaries of soil science and how scientists collaborate with journalists to document their research.
Master's student Tyler Hoecker was awarded an Outstanding Student Paper Award for this presentation "Spatiotemporal Trends in Alaskan Late-Holocene Fire Regimes" at the 2015 American Geophysical Union conference. Congrats, Tyler!
Professor Diana Six is investigating whether pines contain genetic information that will help them adapt to increasing mountain pine beetle activity and climate change.
Nelson, who teaches restoration ecology here, will conduct research on forest restoration in Chile this spring with a Fulbright Award.
"We now see momentum on climate change way beyond any given country, company or presidential candidate," says professor Steve Running, about the COP21 agreement.
Professor Solomon Dobrowski will use a research grant from Google to estimate how changes in both land cover and climate affect ecosystems across the globe. Dobrowski will measure the rate of climate change and land cover change by analyzing land surface temperature data collected by Earth-observing satellites.
Professor Diana Six explains her work as a forest entomology professor "Instead of trying to figure out how to manage or kill bark beetles, I study their evolution and ecology—basically the things that make them tick out there in the forest."
“I think the willingness of professors like Andrew Larson to take students under their wing and provide these exciting opportunities is one of the forestry program’s greatest strengths,” says grad student Kate Clyatt. Learn more about these accomplished grad students' work.
Professor Ashley Ballantyne just got a grant from the National Science Foundation to find out.
Cutthroat trout have a better stream, thanks to neighbors and partner organizations.
Welcome to Chad Bishop as the new director of the Wildlife Biology Program!
Professor Ash Ballantyne analyzes atmospheric data to get a good prediction of what global temperatures will do
Visitors to Montana spent $3.9 billion in the state in 2014, supporting more than 38,000 jobs for Montanans
Professor Carl Seielstad explains why he recently took a team of fire researchers to Georgia to do restoration burning with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The college supported 11 International Sustainablity Fellows this year who traveled to South Africa, Vietnam and Chile. Read what some of them learned.
CFC post-doctoral researcher Sharon Hood recently told the U.S. Senate Committee on energy and natural resources how pine beetles and wildlfire impact western forests.
Professor Solomon Dobrowski explains how adult and juvenile trees fare differently in hotter drier conditions. He was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant for this research.
Congratulations to resource conservation major Hope Radford, who just won a Udall Scholarship for the second year in a row!
Congratulations to wildlife biology student Ellen Brandell. Her presentation on Wolf-cougar occupancy modeling in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta won an award for best oral presentation at the UM conference on undergraduate research!
Professor Martin Nie explains why it's a bad idea for states to take over federal lands in this story published in USA Today.
Researchers at the University of Montana recently conducted the first-ever broad scale scientific assessment of how oil and gas development transforms landscapes across the U.S. and Canada.
Professor Cara Nelson explains the 8% growth in employment restoring Montana's lands and rivers
Help clear the Rock Creek confluence of invasive weeds with ecological restoration students this Sat. Fly casting competition!
Professors Mark Hebblewhite and Brady Allred looked at impacts of energy development on caribou habitat in Alberta. Read about their findings in this HuffPost Canada story.
Resource Conservation students spent a weekend learning about conservation with local organization Northwest Connections.
The Dept. of Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences recently selected two grad students for its 2015 excellence awards
Incoming students: Spend three nights with other new students in Montana's wilderness before you start school in Aug. Sign-up now for this amazing backcountry experience.
Earn three credits studying fire ecology deep in the heart of the Bob Marshall from Aug. 16-26 this summer
Earn three credits studying forest ecology and 4,000 year old bristlecone pines in Yosemite May 16-31
CFC faculty have helped launch a new ecological journal in the southeast Asian country of Bhutan.
Professor Diana Six leads readers of the latest issue of National Geographic magazine into an investigation of the tiny beetles that are changing western forests.
Professor Ash Ballantyne is part of a group of scientists looking at the Arctic's past to learn more about its future.
Congrats! Mike Patterson - Academic Administrator award and Mike Sweet - Outstanding Staff award.
Earn a minor in Wilderness Studies (with any UM major). Apply by April 15.
Professor Keith Bosak was recently in India to help locals understand how to continue ecotourism development activities in the Nanda Devi region in the Himalayas.
The Matthew Hansen Endowment is accepting applications for awards of up to $1,000.
We're happy to welcome Ruth Ann Swaney as the new coordinator of the Natural Resource Program, helping the college's native students with advising, registration and other academic and professional mentoring.
Congratulations to grad student Haley Wiggins, who just won a Wyss Scholarship to support her graduate research and a summer internship/research project. This prestigious award supports future conservation leaders like Haley.
Learn about conservation and community development in Zambia this summer and earn 6 credits. Five $2,000 fellowships available for UM students. Information session Thurs., March 5 at 12:10 p.m. in UC 223.
PhD student Colin Maher was awarded a competitive grant from the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation for his research on the whitebark pine survival along the treeline edge.
Congratulations to forestry students Stephen Jenkins and Jena Trejo for winning second place in the Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge, sponsored by the National Forest Foundation, for their business plan to convert logging slash to methanol and liquid C02.
The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission was successfully launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base on January 31. UM scientists Steve Running and John Kimball helped make it happen.
Congratulations to Professor Ron Wakimoto - he's being honored with the George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty Award from UM during Charter Days on Feb. 12.
Professor Martin Nie served on the federal advisory committee that helped develop the U.S. Forest Service's new planning directives. He was the only faculty member on the 20-member Federal Advisory Committee.
Join the Wilderness Institute's spring series on Wild Lab: Weaving stories through wilderness research. Lectures free and open to everyone; available for one credit for UM students.
Study conservation, sustainable tourism and more in Zambia or India this summer in one of our study abroad programs. UM students are eligible for an International Sustainability Fellowship to support these trips.
Wildlife biology professor Mark Hebblewhite's recent paper on how the Alberta government's wolf control efforts are doing little to protect dwindling caribou populations compared to habitat loss from oil and gas development is featured in this Nature news story.
Montana Climate Office researcher Jared Oyler found that while the western U.S. has warmed, recently observed warming in the mountains of the western U.S. is likely not as large as previously supposed.
Graduate students Anna Bergstrom and Zachary Hoylman received awards for their presentations at the American Geophysical Union meeting in December.
Recent data from the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research shows that out-of-state visitors spent nearly $4 billion in Montana in 2014.
CFC grad students Anna Bergstrom and Zach Hoylman are at the AGU fall meeting this week with advisor Kelsey Jencso; both presented on hydrology research conducted at Lubrecht.
In October, forestry students and professor Beth Dodson helped Montana Society of American Foresters and Habitat for Humanity build a house for a local family in three days using wood from Montana forests.
PTRM graduate Jeff Ozimek has his dream job, directing an outdoor recreation program on Bainbridge Island. He got there by following his passion and with his PTRM degree from UM.
Climate change studies students have great internships opportunities this coming spring semester at City of Missoula, Home Resource and other local sustainability organizations. A climate change studies minor can be added to any UM degree!
Our students learn by actively doing. One student said this after a weekend at our Lubrecht Forest for Forestry Field Skills class: "I honestly had one of the best weekends since I've been in Montana. There was so much to learn and it was all so interesting. It was really cool to be outside and see how exactly managing the forest directly impacts it."
UM's wildlife biology professor Mark Hebblewhite helps solve the mystery of declining numbers of elk in the West Fork of the Bitterroot. Mark and his graduate students worked with MT FWP over the past three years to collar elk, study vegetation in the area and document calf mortality to figure out what's killing the elk. Download the article (pdf)
Stephen Jenkins and Jena Trejo are finalists in the Barrett Foundation Business Challenge for their propsoal to convert forest slash into methanol!
Forestry alums Scott Kuehn ('81) and Amy Helena ('04) won awards at the 2014 Society of American Foresters national convention. MSU Extension Forester Peter Kolb, based here in Missoula, also won an SAF award.
We made it into the Missoulian newspaper's list of 100 Missoula icons! We're proud of our traditions and excited for the future.
PTRM student Joe Zimmerman spent the summer working as a wilderness ranger in the 80,000-acre proposed Scotchman Peaks wilderness, building a trail and serving as an ambassador for the roadless area on the Montana-Idaho border.
Join us in celebrating Montana Forest Products Week. Forestry alum Buck Fullerton from Boise Cascade will be here Friday, Oct. 17 to speak about his role managing NE Oregon timberlands for the company. His talk begins at 4:10 p.m. in ISB 110.
Professor Andrew Larson is co-author on a new paper showing changes to the world's forests from drought, permafrost loss, nitrogen pollution and other changes. Larson is part of the Smithsonian-led Center for Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global Earth Observatory, which released the report this month.
PTRM students recently attended a professional conference in Butte and wildilfe biology students built non-invasive hair tubes to help MT FWP look for northern bog lemmings. Find out what student clubs are up to here at the CFC.
On Friday, Sept. 26 we unveiled progress on three new murals for the Forestry bldg. and celebrated distinguished alumni Jim Durglo, Russ Graham, Peter Leech and Zane Smith
A recent study coauthored by the college's Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research highlights the important economic impact of bicycle tourists visiting Montana.
It's the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this fall. Learn about local celebrations and read more about the act's future in two articles featuring thoughts from professor Martin Nie.
Students: join a cohort of new international conservation leaders. Learn more about our new International Sustainability Fellows program.
The CFC has student clubs for every interest and major. Learn more about when and where each club meets and find one that fits you.
Professor Martin Nie was appointed to the Planning Rule Federal Advisory Committee by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in Aug. 2014. The committee provides guidance and recommendations on management of America's national forests on Planning Rule implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule. The Planning Rule continues to guide stewards of national forests and grasslands in developing, revising or amending land management plans. Nie joins 20 other members as the sole representative of the scientific community.
The 15th annual CFC-led training of international land and natural resource managers visited a fire lookout in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
Wildfires are burning in Montana and across the West. Learn more about our research and education on this issue.
The Blackfoot River attracts a variety of recreation users. How satisfied are they with their experience on the water?
We're celebrating the legacy of Montana conservationist Bud Moore and the opening of his papers at UM's Mansfield Library.
UM Regents professor of ecology Steve Running is recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the "world's most influential scientific minds."
CFC faculty members Winsor Lowe, Libby Metcalf and Cara Nelson are part of a recent $45 million award from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.