The College of Forestry and Conservation owns and actively manages 21,000 acres of the 28,000-acre Lubrecht Experimental Forest north of Missoula. For decades, multitudes of students have used the forest for natural resources measurements camp and as a destination for class field trips. Students are involved in various aspects of managing the forest as part of classes, clubs, and work opportunities; everything from conducting forest inventory, writing silvicultural prescriptions, designing harvest plans, to running prescribed burns, planting trees, harvesting trees, and milling boards at the Lubrecht sawmill. Additionally, the student forestry club manages its own Section 13 of the forest. Various CFC faculty conduct research and operate demonstration projects on the forest. Forest Manager Frank Maus actively manages the forest for stand health, timber sales, and public recreation.
Lubrecht’s management goals and learning opportunities continue to evolve to meet new challenges. The mountain pine beetle has impacted a large portion of the forest, leading to extensive salvage in many areas. CFC researchers, led by Professor Diana Six, are using treatment plots established as part of the Fire and Fire Surrogates study to evaluate the long-term effects of fire and thinning on bark beetles, dwarf mistletoe, and understory vegetation.
Lubrecht is also a beautiful place to recreate. The public is invited to ski or hike on Lubrecht’s miles of designated trails or rent one of the cabins, rooms, or conference facilities.http://www.cfc.umt.edu/lubrecht/