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April 24, 2013

MISSOULA

Students will have a chance to study natural resources in Montana’s two iconic national parks this summer through field courses offered by The University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation. The courses focus on climate change in Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.

The Glacier National Park and Montana’s Crown of the Continent course will help students learn about current and projected impacts to the region due to climate change, including the response of land managers, conservationists and land owners. Participants will hike in Glacier, survey a whitebark pine forest, tour a lumber mill and visit with ranchers experiencing long-term drought to discuss community impacts and adaptation options.

The three-credit course takes place Aug. 11-23. It is listed as CCS 325: Climate Change Field Studies. Credits count toward all majors in the College of Forestry and Conservation and the Climate Change Studies minor.

The Yellowstone National Park and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem course will help students learn how climate variability impacts the world’s first national park. Students will hike and explore the park and experience key features such as wildlife and geyser basins.

The one-credit course takes place Aug. 12-22 and also applies to majors in the forestry college and climate change minor.

Enrollment for both courses is available through UM Continuing Education. For more information visit http://www.umt.edu/ce/summer/registration.php, call Nicky Phear, director of the Climate Change Studies Program, at 406-243-6932 or email nicky.phear@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Nicky Phear, director, UM Climate Change Studies Program, 406-243-6932, nicky.phear@umontana.edu.