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January 30, 2013


The University of Montana’s Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program is featured in the January issue of High Country News. The annual “natural resource education” issue of the regional magazine features some of the best programs that are inspiring and training future leaders. UM’s Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program was featured on page 18.

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“This is a terrific affirmation of the University’s commitment to a unique graduate program,” said Matthew McKinney, founder and chair of the program. “The NRCR program regularly attracts students from 15 different departments and includes faculty and deans from UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Law.”

The program was created in 2006 and has conferred more than 60 graduate certificates in natural resource conflict resolution. Graduates have gone on to leadership positions in conservation organizations, government agencies, private businesses and the practice of law.

John Senn, deputy communications director at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was one of the first graduates from the program.

“The NRCR program gave me the unique and invaluable opportunity to work on critical real-world natural resource and environmental public policy issues, often times directly with stakeholders and decision-makers,” Senn said. “NRCR faculty are tremendously dedicated to ensuring each student in the program is able to hone skills and identify opportunities related to their particular interests or field of study.”

“The NRCR program’s focus on critical thinking and negotiation skills provided me with the professional tools I needed to succeed after graduate school,” said Shoren Brown, Bristol Bay campaign director for Trout Unlimited and a 2007 graduate of the program. “Anyone interested in participating in contemporary policy debates should take a hard look at UM’s Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program.”



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Contact: Matthew McKinney, director, UM Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, 406-459-5166,