Get involved, advance your career goals, and have fun as part of the oldest and largest society for professional fisheries scientists in the world. The UM subunit of AFS is open to all UM students. UM AFS provides members with a way to learn more about local fisheries issues, make contacts with professionals, learn about current internships and job announcements, and get involved with local conservation efforts like river cleanup, restoration projects, and even a fishing trip or two.
Meets every other Thursday at 6 p.m. in FOR 305
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Eby
President: Martin Etchemendy
Vice President: Tanner Traxler
Secretary/Treasurer: Alex Colburn
Education & Outreach Coordinator: Jeremy Brooks & Sydney Young
The purpose of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers of the University of Montana is to promote engagement in and around: backcountry hunting and angling, the conservation of wilderness, backcountry, and public lands, the protection of fish and wildlife that rely on clean water and wilderness, and the public’s access to these recreational opportunities. The club will serve by creating a community bringing together students, faculty, and staff and providing an environment conducive for both veteran and novice backcountry hunters and anglers alike to learn and participate in club gatherings.
Meets every other Thursday at 6 p.m. in FOR 307
Faculty adviser: Alex Metcalf
President: Trey Curtiss
The UM Student Association of Fire Ecology and Management (UM-SAFEM) connects students, faculty, and community members from diverse backgrounds with a network of fire peers, active fire managers, and fire ecologists. We provide an open forum on fire ecology and management that facilitates networking within the fire management community, providing career training and experience for students enrolled at UM and aiding ongoing fire research.
Meets every other Thursday at 6 p.m. in CHCB 452.
Faculty Advisor: Carl Seielstad
President: Shale Pagel
Vice-president: Alex Vanhorn
Secretary: Logan Lewis
Treasuer: Ben Gager
Equipment Manager: Matt Humphrey
Foresters’ Ball is a 98-year old tradition that was originally, and still is, a scholarship fundraiser for students who volunteer their time, regardless of their major or departmental affiliation. Past figures for total annual scholarships awarded have been in excess of $6,000. In recent years, the Foresters’ Ball has helped raise money for other student organizations.
Faculty Advisor: Beth Dodson
Chief Push: Kate Page
President: Woody Hust
Publicity: Carly Andlauer
Safety: Eamon "Dozer" Burke
Construction: Dale Farrand
Deconstruction: Chad Hiett
Logistics: Michelle Matthews
Treasurer: Austin Wethington
The Forestry Club brings students together to discuss and participate in numerous school-related events such as the Annual Foresters' Ball, the UM Woodsman Team, and the Lubrecht Experimental Forest Section 13 management, along with many other events.
Meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in FOR 206.
Faculty Advisor: Beth Dodson
President: Geoffrey Clark
This is a student chapter from the University of Montana of the George Wright Society (GWS). The GWS "...strives to be the premier organization connecting people, places, knowledge, and ideas to foster excellence in natural and cultural resource management, research, protection, and interpretation in parks and equivalent reserves." We hope to support the broader mission of the GWS with Montana-focused support.
President: Zach Miller
The Montana Druids is an honors organization within the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. We work for the best interest of the College including, but not limited to: uniting the student body, promoting better relationships between the students within the school and its alumni, and assisting other student groups in their functions through silent, steady work and united effort.
President: Jason King
The University of Montana Chapter of the Montana Trails, Recreation and Parks Association is a pre-professional organization for UM students pursuing a career in Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management. We work to facilitate interaction between students and professionals and provide opportunities for students to gain real-world, hands-on experience while working with local, state, and national organizations that provide recreation services.
Meets every Monday at 6 p.m. in CHCB 452
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Metcalf
President: Corbin Albright
Vice President: Tracy Knapp
Secretary: Hannah Gerhard
Outreach Coordinator: Trenton Kriz
Society of American Foresters, Student Chapter
Our group is part of a nationally recognized society promoting the advancement of scientific forestry and all of its related aspects. We hold biweekly meetings that host academic speakers from the professional forestry world and participate in community events. Our group’s history is tied in with the University of Montana’s own W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation as the practice of forestry in America developed in this region; many prominent foresters have come from both UM as well as the SAF. We send student members to the national SAF convention and are partnering with the City of Missoula to manage city-owned land in Marshall Canyon.
Meets first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in FOR 206
Faculty Advisor: Chris Keyes
Chair: Jarred Saralecos
Vice Chair: Colin Kirkmire
Treasurer: Erik Nelson
Secretary: Haley Anderson
Activities Manager: Hank Johnson
We are a student-led group in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. We provide recreation opportunities to students and assist Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management and other CFC majors throughout their time at UM. We plan several recreation trips each year including Glacier National Park and a guided raft trip down one of Montana’s rivers. We also engage in community service. Each year we help out with the Missoula Parks and Recreation Fall Family Fest and plan events with local school groups. Besides volunteering, we also construct the mess hall for the Foresters' Ball, which gives students a chance for ball scholarships. Come join our dynamic group and participate in all the recreation fun we offer!
Meets Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in FOR 106
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Thomsen
The UM Society for Ecological Restoration introduces students to the practice of ecological restoration, provides hands-on restoration experience, and provides students with opportunities to network with experts and enthusiasts. Our current projects and programs are:
- Assisting in the restoration of 200 ha of native Palouse prairie on Mt. Sentinel, directly east of the University campus
- Promoting the use of native gardening by establishing and maintaining an educational native plant garden that mimics the landscape of the Missoula Valley
- Hosting restoration events to provide opportunities for students to gain professional experience and to build relationships with diverse members of the restoration community
Meets first and third Wednesdays at 5:10 p.m. in CHCB 452.
Faculty Advisors: Cara Nelson & Daniel Spencer
President: Tom Sentner
Secretary: David Riley
Treasurer: Nicholl Kapp
The Wildlife Society is an international, non-profit, scientific and educational organization comprised of professionals serving the resource management fields, especially wildlife ecology and management. The principle objectives of the Society are to: develop and promote responsible stewardship of wildlife resources and the environments upon which wildlife and humans depend; undertake an active role in preventing human-induced environmental degradation; increase awareness and appreciation of wildlife values; seek the highest standards of professionalism in all activities
Meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. in FOR 305
Faculty Advisor: Paul Lukacs
President: Jeremy Brooks
Vice President: Erika Swanson
Secretary: Lexy Anderson
Treasurer: Keely Benson
Section 13: Carly Muench
Education: Erika Faubion
The University of Montana Woodsman Team is a student-run group that meets once a week directly after Forestry Club usually around 7:30 p.m. in room 206 in the Forestry building. We compete in Collegiate Timbersport events such as axe throwing, pole climbing, crosscut sawing, log rolling, chopping, and other events designed to emulate traditional logging practices. We travel all over the northwest United States to compete against schools such as Oregon State University, University of Idaho, Colorado State University, and Flathead Valley Community College. If you are interested in joining, contact the team captains or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in FOR 206
Faculty Advisor: John Goodburn