In addition to the national forests that occupy nearly 40 percent of Idaho's land mass, labs and hands-on learning facilities on the Moscow campus and neighboring areas are a tremendous asset to the forest resources program.
The Experimental Forest
for example is a frequent location for lab trips and outdoor classroom exercises. The area provides the opportunity for students to participate in innovative research in the areas of forest management, watershed and land utilization.
The Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research
will also give you access to hands-on learning. The center is an operational nursery that grows about 400,000 seedling a year of more than 60 species of trees and shrubs in the Pitkin Forest Nursery. The seedlings grown here are used for reforestation, windbreaks, wildlife habitat and restoration, and Christmas tree production. The nursery and the corresponding programs provide teaching opportunities, research areas, and quality seedlings for use and study by the Palouse community and the people of Idaho.
After graduation as a forest scientist or manager of natural resources you may be asked to use GIS technology to collect, study, and report on a variety of environmental data, such as the location and condition of newly-planted trees after a fire for instance. Our state-of-the-art Geospatial Laboratory for Environmental Dynamics will prepare you for this role. The laboratory hosts a number of courses within the College of Natural Resources, as well as various outreach projects, teaching labs and workshops.