UM helped coordinate a discovery day for high school students in the Seeley Lake area. Students spent several hours in the woods learning how to monitor forest overstory and how to monitor wildlife in a fuel treatment site. UM is part of the SW Crown of the Continent Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program and has several members on the monitoring committee. That committee, coordinated by Cory Davis, developed the day to help high school students learn about forest management and how to monitor the effectiveness of forest restoration treatments. Seeley-Swan students were led by instructors from the US Forest Service, Northwest Connections, UM, The Wildlife Society, the Blackfoot Challenge, the Swan Ecosystem Center, and the Montana Forest Restoration Committee. Teacher Tonya Smith worked with the committee to develop in-class materials and students will follow-up by processing some of the data they collected.
The CFLRP encourages and funds collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes. The Southwestern Crown Collaborative brings together conservation groups, federal and state land agencies, forest products industry partners, local community groups, UM, and other stakeholders to provide solutions that support forest health and rural communities in the Blackfoot, Clearwater, and Swan River valleys.