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: Tracy Wendt
Vice President: Rennie Winkelman
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 3rd Thursday at 7 p.m. in CHCB 426.
Faculty Advisor: Carl Seielstad
President: Michael Landgren
Vice President: Josef Kase
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
Cheif Push: Tyler Long
Logistics: Leslie Neu
Publicity: Lara Antonello
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: Leslie Neu
Vice President: Luke VanderZanden
UM's Graduate Student Association works to improve the quality of education for graduate students, communicate and support research interests of graduate students, recommend members for policy making and administrative committees on campus, and overall, advocate for graduate student concerns.
The Montana Druids is an honors organization within the 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.
Faculty Advisor: Ron Wakimoto
President: Kelsey Hay
Montana Recreation and Parks Association, Student Chapter
The Student Chapter of the Montana 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.
Faculty Advisor: Libby Metcalf
President: Emily Brine
Vice President: Jordan Serdar
The Montana Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (MTSCB) is a state chapter of an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. The mission of the Montana Chapter is to promote science and the application of the principles of conservation biology to Montana's local, regional, and statewide diversity. The chapter’s membership comprises a wide range of people interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity: resource managers, educators, government and private conservation workers, and students.
President: Jessie Golding
Secretary: Roberta Newbury
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 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 every Monday at 6 p.m. in FOR 206.
Faculty Advisor: Chris Keyes
Chair: Josh Smith
Vice Chair: Liam Hassett
We are a student-led group in the 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 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in FOR 106.
Faculty Advisor: Libby Metcalf
President: Anna Cressler
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 and Marilyn Marler
President: Wil George
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: Jason Hanlon
Vice President: Taylor King
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 email@example.com.
Meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in FOR 206
Faculty Advisor: John Goodburn
Co-Captains: Kate Page and John Parcell