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  • The Missoulian profiles graduating senior Tracy Wendt, who's making her mark on restoration work in Missoula
  • Dr. Steve Running's new Drought Severity Index will help Montana landowners and natural resource managers get timely accurate data on drought in their area. Watch Dr. Running and State Climatologist Dr. Kelsey Jencso in thisnews segment about drought.
  • Wildland restoration students are working to restore a property at Rock Creek & Clark Fork River confluence. Read about the volunteer clean up day they organized or watch coverage from local television news.
  • Snowshoe hares' coat color changes can't keep pace with changes in climate, accoding to recently published researchfrom Wildlife Biology professor Scott Mills. More coverage of Mill's research in the Missoulian.
  • The college celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Help us celebrate! Attend our Centennial events in Sept. Read more about our history in this recent Missoulian article.
  • CFC took part in a Reverse Trade Mission with Korean and Chinese wood product buyers. The delegates were in Montana to tour mills, meet with wood product owners, and visit the College's Lubrecht Forest. Read more about it in this Missoulian article and this follow-up article.
  • Our students are supported by caring donors. Read a few stories of student scholarships and the donors here.
  • Record number of tourists in Montana in 2012, according to the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research. Their research results are getting a lot of press in Montana - check out the Missoulian's coverage
  • Resource conservation major Rebecca Boslough is one of only 60 students nationwide to receive the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Read more about Becca in the Missoulian.
  • Snowshoe hares' coat color changes can't keep pace with changes in climate, accoding to recently published research from Wildlife Biology professor Scott Mills. More coverage of Mill's research in the Missoulian.
  • PhD student Tshering Tempa's research was recently highlighted on Bhutan's daily news site. Tempa is studying wild cats in the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan.
  • The college celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Help us celebrate! Attend our Centennial events in Sept. Read more about our history in this recent Missoulian article.
  • CFC took part in a Reverse Trade Mission with Korean and Chinese wood product buyers. The delegates were in Montana to tour mills, meet with wood product owners, and visit the College's Lubrecht Forest. Read more about it in this Missoulian article and this follow-up article.
  • The Beartooth Highway generates more than $13 million for local communities, according to research by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research. Read more in this Billings Gazette profile.
  • Mandatory Evening Advising Sessions for Fall 2013 Registration
  • 2013 Commencement Ceremony Information - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. - Washington-Grizzly Stadium
  • Plum Creek lecture discusses Clean Water Act and logging roads - story from Missoulian
  • CFC alum Bryce Maxell was named Wildlife Biologist of the Year by the Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Bryce, who got a PhD in Fish and Wildlife Biology from UM in 2009, is the senior zoologist with the Montana Natural Heritage Program. Read more. 
  • THIS WEEK is the only week to apply for all jobs under the Federal “Pathways” program that oversees all summer seasonal jobs and jobs that used to be categorized in the SCEP or STEP programs. Students must apply through the USA jobs website by Friday, March 1, 2013.
  • UM scientists to reopen Montana Climate Office - story from Missoulian 
  • Workshop - US Forest Service: How to Apply for a Federal Job
    Feb, 19th 4:30-5:30 Career Services - EL 154
  • Horn and antler size of trophy big game has decreased in the past century. Missoulian story about Boone and Crockett professor of wildlife conservaton Paul Krausman's research.
  • Professors Steve Running and Diana Six were interviewed about a National Wildlife Federation report on how climate change will impact wildlife. Their thoughts on changing forests, bark beetles, and more are featured in articles in the Missoulian, the Great Falls Tribune, and the Helena Independent Record.
  • Professor Mark Hebblewhite talks about the importance of elk summer range in this Missoulian article.
  • Professor Diana Six talks about mountain pine beetle expansion in the West in this article in American Forests magazine.
  • A new drought severity index proposed by Regents professor of ecology Steve Running and coauthors could provide better data for assessing and monitoring drought. Read more
  • Horn and antler size of trophy big game has decreased in the past century. Read about new research from Boone and Crockett professor of wildlife conservaton Paul Krausman.
  • Interested in working as a wildland firefighter this summer? The Lolo National Forest and MT DNRC are holding a basic wildland fire training here on campus during spring break (April 1-5). Also see the Lolo National Forest's outreach notice for seasonal fire jobs and their step-by-step guide on how to apply.
  • The Prescribed Fire Practicum completed two weeks of burning in Georgia last week. Read a recap of their work for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - and check out photos of their class on ourFacebook page.
  • CFC alum Jeff Hagener was recently appointed Director of Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks by new governor Steve Bullock. Hagener graduated in 1976 with a degree in Wildlife Biology and has been active as a college advisory board member and helping to network with wildlife students.
  • The annual meeting of the Council on Forest Engineering is in Missoula this July - if you'd like to present your research on "Forest Operations for a Changing Landscape," submit an abstract by Feb. 15. More details here or the conference web site.
  • PhD student Laura Becerra, who is studying conservation development and ecotourism with Professor Norma Nickerson, is profiled on the UM Foundation web site for receiving the George E. Bright Memorial Scholarship last spring.
  • CFC alum Jeff Hagener was recently appointed Director of Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks by new governor Steve Bullock. Hagener graduated in 1976 with a degree in Wildlife Biology and has been active as a college advisory board member and helping to network with wildlife students.
  • American Forests Magazine recently explored the decline of whitebark pine trees in the Greater Yellowstone area and here quotes Professor Diana Six on the tree-damaging blister rust.
  • Wildlife biology professor Mark Hebblewhite is working with Montana FWP on a new DNA study of mountain lions in the Bitterroot Valley. A study of elk populations in the area showed mountain lions to be an important predator on elk calves. Read more about it in this Ravalli Republic article.
  • Wired.com recently selected the "Best Scientific Figures of 2012" and chose several map-based images from faculty member Solomon Dobrowski's paper on the pace of changes in climate
  • The Wildlife Biology Program celebrated its 75th anniversary this year; the program and its successes are highlighted in this article in the Raising Montana newsletter from the UM Foundation.
  • The college's Institute for Tourism & Recreation Research released 2012 Montana tourism numbers - read more in this Missoulian article.
  • 2013-2014 Scholarship Application Information for the College of Forestry and Conservation. Applications are due Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 by 5:00pm
  • Our climate change studies program was recently mentioned in a USA Today College article highlighting its status as one of the nation's first climate change degree programs.
  • Paper on Leaf Litter Study Receives Special Recognition - A study in a tropical forest in Costa Rica that examined the role tree leaf litter plays in regulating the organic carbon stored in soil recently was selected by the Faculty of 1000 for special recognition. Research conducted by CFC alumnus Jonathon Leff aided by associate professor Cory Cleveland.
  • Research scientists from the CFC recently traveled to Florida to run a series of experiments on prescribed fires at Eglin Air Force Base. Read Eglin's press release about the research event with the RxCadre.
  • Does forest thinning influence fire behavior? This Missoulian article explores that question with some input from faculty member Carl Seielstad.
  • New course next spring: Ecosystem Climatology: Interactions between the biosphere and atmosphere. Taught by new faculty member Ashley Ballantyne. 3 credits, open to undergrads and grads. Read more.
  • Join Warren Colyer at UM's American Fisheries Society chapter meeting this Thursday at 6pm in Forestry 305. Colyer is director of Trout Unlimited's Watershed Restoration program. More details.
  • Interested in studying abroad? Check out our courses in Vietnam this wintersession or courses in Fiji and the Indian Himalaya next summer.
  • Students in the wildland restoration program and in wildlife biology's aquatic invertebrate course were involved in restoring Twin Creek in the Ninemile Valley. A recent article in the Missoulian features the completion of this restoration work.
  • Forestry major Irina Scully is profiled in this Montana Kaimin article for working to tame wild mustangs.
  • Join us at the national SAF convention next week in Spokane! The college will have a booth in the exhibit hall and an alumni reception on Oct. 25 in the DoubleTree Salon I from 6:30-8:30pm. Contact Kate Jennings for more information.
  • Research by CFC wildlife biologists looks at the indirect effects of hunting on elk. They found that intensive hunting seasons in the WUI increase elk movement rates and exposure to hunter predatio risk; read more in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.
  • A new paper by CFC researchers in Bioscience Magazine applies biophyscial constraints to estimates of growing biofuels as an alternative energy source. Their findings suggest that there is an upper limit of productivity for biofuels that is much lower than other studies suggest.
  • Foresters' Ball Pole Run on Oct. 13 at Lubrecht Experimental Forest! Students are already preparing for the 96th Foresters' Ball, which takes place next March 22-23. Read more here.
  • Assistant Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management position open in the College's Department of Forest Mangagement. More details on the position here.
  • The college's Forest Ecology Lab, run by professor Andrew Larson, just published its second science briefing on a long-term research plot in Yosemite National Park. CFC students and faculty are part of a team of researchers conducting annual research in the old-growth forest to explore topics such as tree mortality rates and fire ecology.
  • Professor Steve Running measures the planet's photosynthesis net primary productivity -- or total terrestrial plant production. His findings, recently published in Science, suggest that humans are fast using up all the plant life Earth can support. Also read more on the Scientific American blog: Will Humanity Face a Carbohydrate Shortage?
  • Parks, Tourism & Recreation Mgmt students and alumni: This Thursday, join our current faculty and two former faculty members, Steve McCool and Joel Meier, in a reception during the Montana & Idaho Recreation and Parks Association Conference/ Find out details here.
  • Join us this Friday, Sept. 21 from 3-5 pm to celebrate UM homecoming and honor two of the UM 2012 Distinguished Alumni (Wildlife Biology grads Thomas Riggert and Doug Chadwick)
  • The Wildlife Biology Program is celebrating their 75th anniversary with a variety of events, mostly this afternoon and evening. Check out their schedule here and catch an interview with program director Dan Pletscher on KPAX here.
  • Minnesota Public Radio explores the trend of worsening wildfires, with some input from CFC professor Steve Running on the length of fire seasons. Read their recap of the Pagami Creek fire here.
  • The US Forest Service said Monday that there are fewer pine beetle-killed trees in Western forests this year. An aerial survey recorded beetle-killed trees on 3.8 million acres of public and private land, down from 9 million acres in 2009. This article includes quotes from Lubrecht Experimental Forest Manager Frank Maus.
  • The local forestry community came together last weekend to help Peter Kolb, associate professor of forest ecology and MSU's extension forestry specialist here at the CFC. Kolb was injured in a motor vehicle accident in August. His injuries prevent him from splitting and stacking his family's winter's worth of wood so colleagues from the college, the local forestry community, and the local chapter of the Society of American Foresters lent a helping hand.