Department of Natural Resources

Dennis Becker, Dean; Steven R. Shook, Associate Dean; (202 College of Natural Resources Bldg.; 208-885-6442).

With approximately 90 percent of its area in forest and range lands and a wealth of water resources, Idaho offers excellent opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study in all disciplines related to management of renewable resources of wildlands. The college has its own research organization—the Forest, Wildlife and Range Experiment Station—which includes the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Cooperative Park Studies Unit. All faculty members have teaching responsibilities in the college as well as research responsibilities in the experiment station. Additional facilities include the Taylor Wilderness Research Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area; the Experimental Forest near Moscow; the Lee A. Sharp Experimental Area near Burley, Idaho; the McCall Field Campus in central Idaho; and the USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station and Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Moscow.

Admission for graduate study normally requires completion of course work equivalent to that required in one of the undergraduate curricula offered by the college. Students with differing backgrounds but substantial preparation in the sciences may also be admitted. The study plans developed will allow for differences in preparation while providing all students with comparable backgrounds by the time the graduate program is completed.