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Centers, Institutes, Programs

Applied Forest Management Program

The University of Montana's Applied Forest Management Program (AFMP) is a research and outreach unit of the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station (MFCES). Our mission is a clear and straightforward one: to develop and promote silvicultural tools and techniques for the stewardship, restoration, and renewal of western forests. 

Avian Science Center

The Avian Science Center promotes ecological awareness and informed decision making through science-based information on avian species. ASC develops, synthesizes, and disseminates ecological research on individual species and communities of avian species to inform natural resource management activities and conservation actions.

Bolle Center for People and Forests

The Bolle Center provides interdisciplinary education, participatory research, and community service to foster resilient and sustainable livelihoods, communities and forests in the U.S. intermountain west and internationally.

Boone and Crockett Wildlife Conservation Research Program

This program is designed to provide science-based knowledge from seasoned wildlife professionals and educators to college graduates in the wildlife field to better prepare the graduates for the responsible and wise management of wildlife in the future.

Inland Northwest Growth and Yield Cooperative

INGY researches technical problems and concerns associated with the growth and yield of forests in the Inland Northwest through the support and cooperation of private industry, federal agencies, consulting firms, tribal forestry agencies, and other universities in the region.

Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

ITRR provides research leadership and assistance to Montana’s tourism and recreation industry. ITRR’s research enables public and private segments of Montana’s tourism and recreation industry to plan, market, develop and manage tourism and recreation resources effectively.

International Seminar on Protected Area Management

The International Seminar on Protected Area Management is an integrated, state-of-the art course that examines strategies to conserve the world's most special places. The seminar is designed for mid-career planners and managers of nationally significant protected areas worldwide, and focuses on evaluating the policies and institutional arrangements that sustain both people and natural resources.

Montana Climate Office

The Montana Climate Office contributes to our collective understanding of the effects of climate and climate change on Montana; providing service to the people of Montana with special attention to the State's agriculture and natural resource sectors. Understanding climate and climate change can help ensure the viability of Montana's industries in the context of a global phenomena.

National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis

NCLFA develops, integrates, and synthesizes remote sensing and other information technology applications to improve fire and fuels management at the landscape level.

Natural Resource Leadership Development

Since 2003, College of Forestry and Conservation has offered this unique, cohort-based leadership development program to mid-career USFS employees through an informal partnership with the USFS Northern Region (i.e. Region One), and the USFS Southwestern Region (Region Three).  

Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group

NTSG uses satellites, geographic information systems, computer simulation and visualization, and biophysical theory to develop new techniques for addressing regional ecological problems. NTSG projects examine all scales of ecological study from one-acre plots to the entire terrestrial biosphere and is a national leader in climate change study.

Plum Creek Lecture Series & Fellowship

A gift from the Plum Creek company supports a PhD fellow and an annual lecture at the College of Forestry and Conservation.

Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (RM-CESU)

The Rocky Mountain CESU provides research, education and technical assistance through the partnership of eleven colleges/universities and eight Federal land management and research agencies. UM is the host with Colorado State University, University of Idaho, Montana State University, Salish Kootenai College, Utah State University, Washington State University, University of Wyoming, University of Colorado (Boulder and Denver), University of Calgary, USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDI BLM, NPS, BR, F&WS and USGS, and the Army Corps of Engineers as partners.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Grizzly Bear Recovery Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator office is located on the University of Montana Campus. This office facilitates grizzly bear research between state and federal agencies as well as with universities. These research projects advance grizzly bear recovery as outlined in the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan.

Wilderness Institute

The Wilderness Institute develops information for resource managers and citizens, conducts continuing and public education programs, helps develop the expertise wildland decision-making requires, and administers UM’s Wilderness and Civilization educational program.