We are leaders in conservation-based ecological and social research, information technology, and their translation and application to pressing environmental and natural resource problems.

Our faculty and students seek to understand soils, forests, ecosystems, wildlife and the people who interact with them.

The W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation supports a strong foundation for research and serves as the home of the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station.  The College includes more than 40 tenure-track faculty and 120 graduate students.  The College also operates two extensive research properties: Lubrecht Experimental Forest and Bandy Experimental Ranch.

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America's national parks reckon with record smashing year

After more than a year of Covid cabin fever, the landscapes of the west called out to cooped up Americans, who arrived in greater numbers than ever before. As a result, 2021 saw bucket-list parks – including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands and Glacier – smash their previous visitation records.

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Study: Climate change, invasive species drive native trout declines.

In a new study published in Science Advances, University of Montana researchers found that climate change drives native trout declines by reducing stream habitat and facilitating the expansion of invasive trout species.