American Fisheries Society
The American Fisheries Society UM student subunit is an extension of the oldest and largest society for professional fisheries scientists in the world. It is an ideal way to get involved, advance your career goals, and have fun and is open to all students at the university. 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. This year there will be a variety of exciting activities from river cleanup, restoration projects, outreach activities, state fisheries conventions, and even a fishing trip or two.
Meetings held every other Thursday at 6:00pm in FOR 305.
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Eby
President: Tracy Wendt
Vice President: Katie Rayfield
Secretary Treasurer: Paul Nicoletti
Outreach Coordinator: Sarah DeNitto
American Fisheries Society Website
The purpose of The University of Montana Student Association of Fire Ecology and Management (UM-SAFEM) is to connect students, faculty, and community members from diverse backgrounds with a network of fire peers, active fire managers, and fire ecologists. We hope to 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.
Meetings held every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00pm. Location varies.
President: Ted Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vice President: Jonah Vaughn (email@example.com)
Treasurer: Matt DeLaney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Valentijn Hoff (email@example.com)
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The Foresters’ Ball is a 96-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: Jonah Vaughan
Foresters' Ball Website
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Forestry Student Association (aka Forestry Club)
The “Forestry Club” is an association where students can come together to discuss and participate in numerous school related events such as the Annual Foresters' Ball, the UM Woodsman’s Team, and the Lubrecht Experimental Forest Section 13 management, along with many other events.
Faculty Advisor: Beth Dodson
President: Charlie Gesme
Forestry Club Website
Graduate Student Association
The Graduate Student Association is an organization created 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 graduate student concerns.
Graduate Student Association Website
The Montana Druids is an honors organization within the College of Forestry and Conservation. We work towards the best interest of the College including, but not limited to: uniting the student body of the College of Forestry and Conservation, promoting better relationships between the students within the School of Forestry and its alumni, and assisting other student groups in their functions through silent, steady work, and united effort.
Faculty Advisor: Ron Wakimoto
President: Kristina Gunderson
Montana Recreation and Parks Association (Student Chapter)
The mission of the Student Chapter of the Montana Recreation and Parks Association is to provide a formal venue in which students at The University of Montana can pursue their passions and prepare for a career in the field of recreation. In pursuit of this mission, we will facilitate interaction between students and professionals. We will also 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: Bill Borrie
Chair: Morgan Sanden
Society for Conservation Biology
The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. The Society'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 make up the more than 10,000 members world-wide.
President: Adam Switalski
Society for Conservation Biology Website
Society and Conservation Department Graduate Students (aka SoCon Grads)
Our mission is to provide a professional and social support network for College of Forestry and Conservation grad students while deepening the exchange between grad students, undergrads and faculty. We want to make the transition to graduate studies easier for returning students and provide resources that enable success in grad school. The group seeks to provide a diversity of activities that may be professionally, socially or service oriented.
Faculty Advisor: Norma Nickerson
Chair: Jake Jorgenson
SoCon Grads Website
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 bi-weekly meetings that host academic speakers from the professional forestry world and participate in community events. This year we are trying to become more involved in the community by organizing events such as a tree planting day, river cleanup, and forestry skills day as well as other 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 the University as well as the SAF. If you're interested in joining, contact one of our officers or email the chapter at StudentSAF@cfc.umt.edu.
Faculty Advisor: John Goodburn
Chair: Jonathan Kinion
Vice Chair: George Gaines
Treasurer: Josh Meek
Student Recreation Association
We are a student-lead group in the College of Forestry and Conservation at The University of Montana. Our mission is twofold: to 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!
Faculty Advisor: Libby Metcalf
President: Brian Vaughan
Student Recreation Association Website
UM Society for Ecological Restoration
The mission of UM Society for Ecological Restoration is to introduce students to the practice of ecological restoration, to provide hands-on restoration experience, and to provide students with opportunities to network with experts and enthusiasts. Current projects and programs:
- 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
Faculty Advisors: Cara Nelson and Marilyn Marler
President: Danielle Berardi
UM Society for Ecological Restoration Website
Wildlife Society (Student Chapter)
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
President: Ken Plourde
Vice President: Kristina Gunderson
Wildlife Society Website
The University of Montana Woodsman Team is a student run group that meets once a week directly after Forestry Club usually around 8:00pm 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. This year The University of Montana will be hosting Conclave, a weeklong timbersports event, where we invite every school in the Association of Western Forestry Clubs (AWFC) to compete for the 1st place title. We will also be holding the professional Stihl Timbersports Competition as well as the Stihl Collegiate Challenge where one student from every college will compete for a chance to go onto the national collegiate competition. If you are interested in joining, contact the team captains or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Advisor: John Goodburn
Co-Captains: Clay Stephenson (610-350-1876) and Kelsea Idler (509-306-0767)