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Restoration Ecology and Habitat Management

The United Nations has declared this the Decade of Ecological Restoration 2020- 2031. The Restoration Ecology and Habitat Management (REHM) option of the Master of Natural Resources will prepare you for careers anywhere across the globe where a deep understanding of ecological theory and practice are needed to restore and manage working forests and rangelands, conserved wildlands, and wildlife habitats. The REHM curriculum is designed to give you the tools needed to employ conservation principles to a wide variety of restoration challenges, including restoration and remediation of aquatic, terrestrial, and even atmospheric (air quality) environments. Our courses and faculty represent a wide breadth of knowledge and on-the-ground experience in fire, wildlife and fisheries, rangeland, environmental, and forest ecology and policy. The REHM Option of the MNR also challenges you to grow your skills in advanced science interpretation and communication across all classes. We recognize that successful restoration and habitat management includes working with people, and we prepare you to lead your fellow professionals and peers to successfully conserve and manage our cherished natural resources.

Fast Facts

  • 30 semester credits, non-thesis program designed for working professionals.
  • Students may complete the degree in just three semesters.
  • Up to 12 applicable credits can be transferred into the program.
  • Can be completed entirely online*.
  • Apply year-round.

Core courses in the REHM curriculum include:

ENVS 579 Introduction to Environmental Regulations (3 credits) -OR- NRS 588 NEPA in Policy and Practice (3 credits)
FISH 540 Wetland Restoration (3 credits)
NR 599 Non-Thesis Research (2 credits)
NRS 580 Restoration Ecology Practicum (2 credits)
REM 440 Restoration Ecology (3 credits)
REM 507 Landscape and Habitat Dynamics (3 credits)
See the full curriculum

Real Career Results

We asked 30 of our recent graduates from the MNR program about what positions they have gained or advanced in after completing the program. Here’s what they said:

“Forestry Technician; Supervisory Wildlife Biologist; Forester; Soil Conservationist with the BIA; Analyst with the British Columbia Ministry of Forests Mines and Lands Tree Improvement Branch; Fishery Biologist US Forest Service; Recreation research technician for the University of Montana/Rocky Mountain Research Station (USFS); Research Permit Coordinator for Everglades & Dry Tortugas National Parks; GIS Specialist; Natural Resource Specialist; Ecologist; High School Biology Teacher; K12 science teacher; Environmental Scientist; Environmental Consultant; Wildlife Operations and Development Consultant; Wildlife Habitat Biologist; Wildfire Specialist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources; USDA NRCS Soil Conservationist; Environmental Planner; Fuels Planner, US Forest Service; Preserve Manager; Consultant; Newscast Producer; Wildland Firefighter; AmeriCorps Program Manager; Assistant director of a local unit of government; Plant Research Ecologist / Botanist; Park Ranger (Interpretation); Managing Director at the Society for Wilderness Stewardship”

For more information, please click on the links to the left or email the graduate research office.

*Students at the University of Idaho taking online courses are charged resident tuition provided they only register for online courses.

Contact Us

CNR | Graduate Studies Office

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1142
Moscow, ID 83844-1142

Phone: 208-885-1505


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