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College of Natural Resources
phone: (208) 885-8981
toll free: 88-88-UIDAHO
fax: (208) 885-5534

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1142
Moscow, ID 83844-1142

Fire Ecology & Management Online

Fire Ecology & Management Online

A specialty area within the Master of Natural Resources Degree

Prepare yourself for managing complex challenges in fire and advance your career. Get a Master of Natural Resources (MNR) online with courses and a professional project, and do it all online or with a mix of online and face-to-face courses. Fire regimes are rapidly changing, requiring the resilience of both ecosystems and people across a diversity of landscapes and cultures. Fires affect social-ecological systems by altering vegetation, wildlife habitat, and hydrology, while also producing smoke, affecting economies, and threatening human lives and property. Many plants and animals are dependent on fire, as are valued ecosystem services, yet some fires have extreme social and biophysical effects. Addressing these complex fire management challenges requires scientists, managers, and the public to share knowledge to guide fire management. Effective decision-making based on best available science is crucial in fire management.

University of Idaho faculty are national leaders in fire science, with extensive expertise and proven success teaching online courses. Our courses are highly effective for student learning. Take online courses to complement your training and experience. Specialize in fire ecology and management by taking courses and completing a certificate and professional project as part of your Master of Natural Resource degree.

Our MNR graduates will become leaders in wildland fire science in management by:

  • Understanding the role of wildland fire in a diversity of global ecosystems. 
  • Quantifying and interpreting fire behavior and effects at multiple temporal and spatial scales. 
  • Effectively synthesizing scientific knowledge to address science and management issues. 
  • Analyzing and interpreting data scientifically. 
  • Demonstrating critical thinking skills by formulating logical arguments based on objective evaluations of information.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively.
  • Working effectively and ethically with others to solve problems.
  • Planning projects and solving problems to accomplish project goals, while integrating ecological, social, and political perspectives.