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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
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Natural Resources Conservation and Management, AAS

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The Natural Resources Conservation and Management program prepares students to work as technicians collecting and interpreting environmental information. This program is designed to develop practical skills in measuring forest and water resources, field navigation and surveying, insect and disease identification, soil health, recreation management, and using geospatial technology to document and understand our world. Successful graduates have obtained jobs for both government agencies and private companies, including: timber cruisers; silviculture technicians; recreation specialists; wildland firefighters; field conservationists; and fire lookout staff. The US Forest Service is the number one employer of our graduates.  Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Understand the complex biological, physical and human interactions as they relate to natural resources and land management;
  • Demonstrate strong math and computer skills;
  • Use various measuring instruments and accurately record data;
  • Summarize, analyze and present results from collected data to supervisors and interested parties;
  • Identify many trees, shrubs, forbs and grasses occurring in Montana;
  • Use compasses, GPS receivers and maps to navigate within the public land survey system and locate ownerships and establish sample points;
  • Use GPS and GIS techniques to analyze and present data within the context of land use and management;
  • Understand how soil and water health impact ecosystems;
  • Identify many insect, disease and fire hazard situations and their relationships to ecology and sustainability; and
  • Understand various federal, state and local laws, which govern people’s use and management of land.

Required Courses

Opportunities After Graduation

  • Many employment opportunities are with federal, state and county governmental agencies.  Employment opportunities also exist within private industry. Consulting firms, which contract with government and private entities, also hire technicians.  Many employers prefer applicants who have a good overall knowledge of collecting and interpreting data about natural resources and have an associate’s degree in Natural Resources Conservation and Management.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or a Faculty Advisor.

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                          Faculty Advisor                             
Russ Lamson Tim Eichner, M.S. Christina Relyea, Ph.D.
LRC 129 RH 155 BSS 103
(406) 756-3885 (406) 756-3898 (406) 756-3946


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