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College of Forestry and Conservation's Mission

Through innovative teaching, research, and service, the College of Forestry and Conservation empowers society and its future leaders to better understand and more effectively conserve, restore, and sustain complex social-ecological systems in the Rocky Mountains and beyond.

College of Forestry and Conservation's Vision

We are leaders in conservation-based ecological and social research, information technology, and their translation and application to pressing environmental and natural resource problems. Our faculty fosters learning by integrating scholarship with teaching, and by challenging ourselves and our students to foster more creative and long-lasting solutions to the complex environmental challenges that face society today.

Strategically located in the dynamic interface between the Rocky Mountains and the northern Great Plains, we are surrounded by an extraordinary outdoor laboratory that is a complex mosaic of both wild and managed landscapes. We capitalize on our unique location to deliver field-based learning and to develop a sense of place in students here in Montana and throughout the world.

In this College, faculty and students conduct the most basic and applied research for diverse stakeholders to address the most pressing science and management questions across multiple scales. Our collective expertise provides a context that gives our science broad applicability across local, national, and international scales. We interact with decisionmakers at all levels of government and the private sector to promote the appropriate use of science in policy decisions. We integrate social and natural sciences to advance more sustainable and resilient social-ecological systems in the face of unprecedented global change.