The College of Forestry and Conservation (originally School of Forestry) was founded in 1913, one of the first programs accredited by the Society of American Foresters. The College has earned nationwide respect for the quality of its programs, and it has produced some of the nation's finest natural resource managers.
The College has three departments: Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, Forest Management, and Society and Conservation. Research and outreach activities are administered through the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station, a statewide agency of the Montana University System.
The College of Forestry and Conservation faculty stress hands-on experience to supplement students' academic work. This is accomplished with well-equipped laboratories, extensive computer technology, and access to four outstanding field stations — the 28,000-acre Lubrecht Experimental Forest, the Flathead Lake Biological Station on the shores of 184-square mile Flathead Lake, the 3,500-acre Bandy Ranch, and the Boone and Crocket Club's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch of 6,000 acres along the east face of the Rockies. The University library houses a forest and conservation library.
College of Forestry and Conservation faculty members represent several natural resource disciplines, from resource management and social sciences to physical and biological sciences. The faculty takes pride in the attention devoted to teaching and counseling.
The student body has about 790 undergraduate majors and 150 graduate students from all over the United States, Canada, and many foreign countries.