Research Properties

Through the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station, the college owns two research properties: Lubrecht Experimental Forest and the Bandy Experimental Ranch. Through a unique partnership with the Boone and Crockett Club, the college sponsors research and other activities at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch.


Lubrecht Experimental Forest

Lubrecht Experimental Forest is a 28,000-acre outdoor classroom and research laboratory in the Blackfoot River drainage. The forest is open to the public with lodging, food and many recreational opportunities. Students and faculty use the forest for research and education. Visit the Lubrecht web site for more information.

Bandy Ranch

Bandy Ranch is 3,436-acre working cattle ranch deeded to the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station at the University of Montana in 1990 by the estate of Ed Bandy for agricultural research and management. The ranch is located 18 miles northeast of the Lubrecht Forest.

Sept. 6, 2017: Access to UM Properties Limited Due to Fire Danger

Due to extreme fire danger and the occurrence of wildfires nearby, the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station is limiting access to two properties it manages in the Blackfoot Valley.

The Bandy Ranch is located within a Powell County evacuation warning zone, and is closed to all public access until further notice. Inquiries about access for essential services should be directed to Ranch Manager David Weis (, 406-793-5581).

At Lubrecht Forest, Camp Loop and Camp Facilities remain open, but access to the rest of the property (behind locked gates) is strictly controlled: visitors seeking access must contact Forest Manager Frank Maus (, 406-244-5524) for authorization. This notice applies to both the general public and members of the UM community who use Bandy Ranch and Lubrecht Forest for research and student activities. The restrictions will be lifted once fire conditions improve.

For more information, contact Chris Keyes, Associate Director of the experiment station at, 406-243-6051. Current fire information can be found on the InciWeb site for Montana.