Two UM Graduate Students Receive National Forest Foundation Fellowships

June 12, 2018

MISSOULA – Two graduate students in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation have become the first Conservation Connect Fellows at the National Forest Foundation.

Hannah Leonard and Adam Snitker received the fellowships to support their collaborative and conservation-oriented practical projects.

Leonard, from Missoula, earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from UM’s College of Business. Her master’s project, a partnership with UM research Assistant Professor Alex Metcalf, will examine how to use marketing theories and methods to understand conservation-related behaviors and behavior change.

Snitker, from Keizer, Oregon, earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Seattle Pacific University. As a master’s student in UM’s forestry college, Snitker continues to explore society as it navigates food and water availability in a changing climate.

Conservation Connect Fellows gain direct experience with the NFF and partners. They receive a stipend of $5,000 over 18 months and complete on-site practicums at the NFF office in Missoula or a participating host organization.

The NFF, chartered by Congress, engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193 million acre National Forest system. NFF addresses critical forest and watershed restoration needs across our most iconic national forests and grasslands.


Contact: Leana Schelvan, director of communications, W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation, 406-273-6693,