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Travel, Research, and Education Experience (TREE) Grant Program for Students in Wildland Fire Science and Management
Application deadline: August 15, 2013

Watch a video about the UM prescribed fire practicum's work with The Nature Conservancy in Georgia. Each wintersession, students and faculty spend three weeks restoring longleaf pine forests with prescribed fire in this three-credit experiential learning course.

Find out more about our Student Association of Fire Ecology and Management Chapter. They participate in local prescribed burns, hold monthly meetings, participate in networking events with local fire professionals, and work on other joint projects and research. Send an email to

Fire Science & Management Minor

The minor in Wildland Fire Sciences and Management provides focused, complementary studies in wildland fire to prepare you for careers in fire-related natural resource management and for graduate school in fire sciences. The minor capitalizes on Missoula’s unique environment and location to educate and train in applied fire management, the natural and physical sciences, and in the human dimensions of fire.

The Wildland Fire Sciences & Management minor requires 23 credits in four subject areas. You are required to complete a fire core which includes coursework in ecology, weather and climate, fire management, and a field-based practicum. You must also select from electives in measurements, natural/management sciences, and human dimensions. The program is very complementary to our majors in Resource Conservation; Forestry; Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management; Wildland Restoration; or Wildlife Biology but is also open to students from majors outside the CFC. The minor requires a significant number of upper division credits and many of the classes have pre-requisites, which means that you should consider the minor early in your academic careers.

The advisors expect that students will actively take part in fire management activities via summer jobs, fire training, and the UM Student Association of Fire Ecology and Management chapter.

The Wildland Fire Sciences & Management program will produce knowledgeable, creative, problem-solvers who can contribute immediately in areas of wildland fire planning, implementation, and measurements/monitoring. We have access to the College’s nearby Lubrecht Experimental Forest, where students actively participate in fire and forestry operations.

Courses for a Minor in Wildland Fire Sciences and Management

Course Number Title (*prerequisites apply) Credits
FORS230 Forest Fire Management 2
FORS333 Basic and Applied Fire Ecology* 3

FORS495 or
NRSM495 or
PRTM485 or
FORS440 or
WILD 480

Wildland Prescribed Fire Practicum
Ecological Restoration Practicum*
Recreation Planning*
Forest Stand Management*
The Upshot: Applied Wildlife Management*


FORS330 or
BIOE370 or
Forest Ecology*
General Ecology*
Range Ecology*
FORS430 or
Forest Meteorology
Weather & Climate*
FORS350 Geographic Information Systems and Applications* 3
GPHY381 Principles of Digital Cartography* 3
FORS351 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing* 3
FORS302 Mensuration* 3
NATURAL/MANAGEMENT SCIENCE ELECTIVES (3 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING): If elective chosen is also required for the student’s major, a second elective must be taken.
FORS331 Wildland Fuels Management* 3
WILD370 Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management* 3
ERTH317 Geomorphology* 3
NRSM385 Watershed Hydrology 3
NRSM335 Environmental Entomology* 3
FORS347 Multiple Resource Silviculture* 3
BIOE449 Plant Biogeography 3
NRSM365 Restoration Ecology* 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES (3 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING): If elective chosen is also required for the student’s major, a second elective must be taken.
NRSM422 Natural Resource Policy and Administration 3
NRSM379 Collaboration in Natural Resource Decisions 3
PTRM482 Wilderness and Protected Areas Management* 3
NRSM489E Ethics, Forestry and Conservation 3
NASX303E Ecological Perspectives in Native American Traditions 3
FORS320 Forest and Environmental Economics* 3
Total Credits