Forest Utilization Research (FUR) is a legislative program funded annually by the state of Idaho to provide unbiased research, outreach and policy analysis to the people of Idaho since 1976. The umbrella program supports four specific research and outreach programs and provides basic funding against which the college leverages research funding from federal agencies.
U of I Experimental Forests
provide learning and employment opportunities for students at a network of sites encompassing more than 10,000 acres of research and working forest lands outside Moscow and at other locations in the state.
Field Stations and Centers
The field stations, centers and labs at the College of Natural Resources are like no other in the country. From the most remote research field station in the lower 48 states, to one of the largest research ranches and the only commercial research nursery in the western United States, the College of Natural Resources offers unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning and cutting-edge research.
McCall Field Campus
is home to the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), undergraduate Summer Field Camp, graduate students studying science communication and faculty researchers improving knowledge and management of our natural resources.
Rinker Rock Creek Ranch
near Hailey spans 10,400 acres of iconic Idaho rangelands that the College of Natural Resources stewards collaboratively with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for research, conservation, education, recreation and outreach.
Taylor Wilderness Research Station
also known as America’s Wildest Classroom, is located in the heart of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the largest wilderness in the lower 48.
Partnerships and Coops
Idaho Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
works closely with state and federal agencies to conduct research that supports management of fish and wildlife populations in Idaho and throughout the region.
University of Idaho Drone Lab
The mission of the University of Idaho Drone Lab is to serve as a hub for drone-related activities and provide a pool of drones, sensors, equipment, software, and knowledge to support the use of drones in high-quality research and teaching across all University departments.
Idaho Fire Initiative Research and Education Combustion Laboratory
The only fire combustion labs located on a university campus in the United States. Developed to study combustion dynamics, smoke emissions and remote sensing observations.
The Kennedy Lab - Laboratory for Integrative Fish Ecology
Through interdisciplinary research, productive collaborations, and innovative approaches our lab seeks a better understanding of ecological processes in fish and aquatic sciences.
- Gilbert Lab, improving conservation and management of wildlife in the modern world.
- The Human Element Lab, contributes to conservation and the human dimensions of fish and wildlife management via insights into behavioral patterns and processes.
- Johnson Lab
- The Long Lab, works at the interface of behavior and physiology to understand the causes and consequences of animal decisions in complex landscapes.
- Rachlow Research Group, focuses on the ecology and conservation of mammals and their habitats.
- Quist Research Lab, focuses on answering questions related to the management and conservation of aquatic systems.