“Two of my graduate students from The University of Montana have
been Community Forestry Research Fellows. There really isn’t another
program out there that provides this high level of academic and field
training in participatory research methods. CFERP is developing future
natural resource/forestry scholars and managers who are likely to not
just spout theories or rhetoric of mutual learning, local knowledge and
collaboration,but who 'walk the walk' on the ground.”
- Jill Belsky, Professor, University of Montana, Missoula
Is a Community Forestry & Environmental Research Partnership right for you?
- We accept applications from students at any U.S. college or university.
- You need to be enrolled in a degree-granting program at your home institution.
- You need to be engaged in graduate research that deals directly or is explicitly relevant to U.S. urban and/or rural communities engaged in the sustainable management of natural resources.
- You need to be planning to conduct participatory research that actively engages community members in the research process.
- Minority and under-represented students are encouraged to apply.
Our past fellows have approached community forestry from a wide range of academic backgrounds:
- Environmental Studies
- Social Sciences
- Native American Studies
- Rural Sociology
- Environmental Science and Policy Management
- Natural Resources
- Resource Conservation
For a complete list of past fellows, please click here.
To learn more about current fellows, please see the map below.
And they have done research on a wide range of topics:
- Tupelo forests and honey production, Florida
- Wild rice harvesting and management, Wisconsin and Minnesota
- Latino youth culture and natural resource participation, Oregon
- Conservation easements in the San Juan Islands, WA
- Pine Straw industry analysis in Georgia
- Political Ecology of Identity in the Mountain Maidu Community, California
- Community Forestry Education in Montana
- Salmon habitat restoration in the Pacific Northwest
- The Politics and Practice of Watershed Restoration, California
- African-Americans and the Great Outdoors
- Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Fire Ecology, California
- American Indian Participation in Collaborative Forest Planning
For a sampling of research projects and fellowship experiences, please click here for Voices From The Field.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.