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University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation

Bill and Carolyn Franke and their family visit the UM campus to celebrate their gift with the University community.
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Today the state board of regents approved re-naming  a school and an academic program at the University of Montana in honor of a major financial contributor.

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

In the midst of budget cuts and falling student enrollment, the University of Montana finally had some good news to spread today. 

Paula Short, a spokeswoman in the office of the president at UM said today is a "great day at the University of Montana. We are pleased to announce the largest single gift received at the University of Montana. In fact a $24 million pledge to benefit our College of Forestry and Conservation and our Global Leadership Initiative.”

Some Predict Ponderosas May Be At Risk For Pine Beetle Infestations
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A University of Montana professor of forest entomology and pathology says this prolonged and uncomfortable deep freeze probably won't be enough to kill Mountain Pine Beetles.

The rice grain-sized beetles are a native species that mass-attack trees. U-M College of Forestry and Conservation's Dr. Diana Six says hundreds or thousands of the insects can swarm a single tree, leaving it defenseless and essentially doomed.