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Student Organizations

Council and Clubs

In the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources there are many student organizations that enhance your university experience.  By becoming involved, you will have opportunities to learn new things, meet people, have fun, participate in leadership roles, and prepare for your career in natural resources. Every students should plan to become involved in at least one club during their undergraduate career. To get involved with the club of your choice, send an email to the club or club president listed below. Also, weekly club activities will be announced on the QCNR announcements list serve. Sign up for the list serv add your email address .


A national organization dedicated to improving human-wildlife relationships and managing human-wildlife conflicts through teaching, research and extension.

Jack H. Berryman Institute

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Terry Messmer 
Club email:
Club President: 
Vice President: 
Socail Media Coordinator: 

The student subunit of the American Fisheries Society is a group of undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in fisheries and aquatic ecology.

The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries adn aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.

Faculty advisor: Dr. Brett Roper
Club email: 
Club President: Nicole Grob
Vice President: Christina Longjohn
Treasurer: Austin Garner
Public Relations: Ethan Muhlestein
Facebook Page:

Founded in spring of 2018, the USU Fire Club strives to bring opportunities to students who are interested in a variety of aspects of wildfire from fire suppression to research. We seek to learn more about fire ecology and dynamics, as well as provide career boosting workshops, potential for certification, and opportunities to get hands-on experience in the field.

Faculty advisor: Dr. Larissa Yocom
Club email: 
President:  Elyse Doty
Vice-President:  Ty Siepert
Treasurer/ Graduate Student Liaison:  Mark Kreider
Public Relations: Jamela Thompson

Our goal is to advance the science, technology, education, and practice of professional foresters, and to use the knowledge and skill of the profession to benefit society.
2013 - Quiz Bowl-2nd Place (Charleston, South Carolina)
2008 - Quiz Bowl-1st Place (Reno, Nevada)

Faculty advisor: Dr. Justin DeRose
Club email: 
Club President: Gabe Henry  
Vice President: Trish Nelson
Secretary/Public Relations: Tiana Price
Treasurer: Christina Longjohn

The USU Range Club, is a group of students interested in range science and related fields. The chapter works to promote teh development of future range science professionals, continuing education of members and the public, and sustainable rangeland ecosystems. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric LaMalfa
Club email: 
Club President: Hannah Johnson
Vice Preseident: Laura Beck
Secretary: Bailey Parkinson 
Treasurer: Sean Yadon
Outreach: Cole Patton
Fundraising Chair: Garret Vasa

The Student Organization for Society and Natural Resources works to bridge the gap between humans and the natural environment through service opportunities.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Klain
Club email:
Co-President: Maria Catalano
Co- President: Audrey Lidgard
Vice President: Justine Cornwall

Outdoor Engagement: Bryce Johnson, Ethan Hammer
Treasurer: Hyrum Hansen

The Wildlife Society, USU Student Chapter 

TWS Website

Faculty advisors: Dr. Dan MacNulty, Dr. Frank Howe, Dr. David Dahlgren
Club email:
Club President: Natalie D'Souza
Vice President: Dominique Davis
Public Relations: Emily Bonebrake
Coleman Evans
Historian: Madeleine Bell
Jeffrey Chandler
Group Liaison: Tanner Casper

The American Water Resource Association, USU Student Chapter 


Faculty advisors: Dr. Sarah Null
Club email:
Club President: Brandon Thomas
Vice President: Rielly Grooms
Public Relations: Mark Devey
Sarah Flake


Backcountry Hunters and AnglersBackcountry Hunters and Anglers is a public lands advocacy group focused on creating or protecting access and opportunity to our Federal public lands for all responsible recreational use. 


Faculty advisors: Clark Rushing
Graduate Student Advisor: Cole Bleke
Club email:
Club President: Tyler Coleman
Vice President: Kolby White
Secretary:  Anastasia Coleman
Treasurer: Mark Devey

Xi Sigma Pi National Forest Management Honor Society

Xi Sigma Pi was founded in 1908 at the University of Washington (Alpha Chapter) as an honor society meant to recognize excellence among students of traditional forest management. The Lambda Chapter of Utah State University, formed in 1939, has expanded its view of forest management to recognize fields such as fisheries, wildlife, policy, and outdoor recreation as integral parts of forest management. In keeping with the stated national goals of the society, the Lambda Chapter seeks both to recognize and encourage academic excellence among students of the College of Natural Resources.

All undergraduates with senior standing (90 credits or more) in the top 20% of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources are invited to join Xi Sigma Pi in the spring semester. Graduate students in good standing may also apply. Members may participate in any of Xi Sigma Pi's activities, most of which provide services to the College. Members participate in and represent the College of Natural Resources at college and University sponsored functions.

Xi Sigma Pi
Department of Natural Resources
Utah State University
5200 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-520

Advisor: Dr. Jim Lutz
               NR 214

Wood Tree Examples

Nominees must either construct a tree in the shape of a conifer from wood, or prepare a wood cookie, and have ten current members of Xi Sigma Pi sign it in order to be initiated.  Conifers symbolize vigorous life and the study of natural resources.

Qualifications of a Professional Natural Resources Manager

Certain, well-defined attributes, no one of which are regarded more important than the others have been recognized as requisite of every true member of Xi Sigma Pi. Each member of Lambda Chapter understands their importance to true professional practice and their meaning. These points are:

  1. In technical training individuals should measure up to the standard set by the best professionals in the field.  
  2. Members must have that peculiar type of honesty that demands a full measure of service even when out of touch with a supervisor.
  3. Members must be loyal to the profession, to fellows, to those who give orders, and to those that fall under their direction.
  4. Members must have initiative, as work frequently places individuals in situations that require decision making and formulating plans.
  5. Members must school themselves in teamwork, for only through wholehearted cooperation can be of the greatest service to the profession.
  6. Members must have vision and with vision faith, for the real fruits of labor may not mature until years after the exit from the stage of life has been made.
  7. Members should unselfishly strive for the betterment of the profession.
  8. Criticism should be constructive and judgments withheld until one has full possession of the facts.
  9. Members should recognize an obligation to the school that made this training possible.
  10. Members should be true to their ideals.

Xi Sigma Pi Membership List


Current QCNR Faculty Other USU Members Graduate Students 2015 2016 2017
Mark Brunson Jan Anderson Kendall Becker Sarah E. Cross Margaret A. Hallerud Cheyne A. Warren
Joanna Endter-Wada Steve Daniels Ryan Choi Justin M. Hanton Heather Shipp Etta L. Crowley
Mike Kuhns Justin DeRose Tucker Furniss Tucker J. Furniss Bret N. Mossman Matthew J. Bishop
Judy Kurtzman Jim Kennedy Sara J. Germain Karen E. Mock Jordan N. Riley Casey D. Snider
Jim Long Terry Sharik Erika M. Blomdahl Kylee N. Nuttall Sara J. Germain Annalisa K. Crow
Jim Lutz John Shaw  David N.B. Soderberg Dakota M. Reed Erika M. Blomdahl Haylie A. Hill
Chris McGinty Neil West  Casey D. Snider Eric P. Sodja David N.B. Soderberg Janelle K. Nelson
Karen Mock Mike Wolfe   Bethany Q. Unger   Tahnee J. Saxton
Patsy Palacios     Molly R. Van Engelenhoven   Elizabeth M. Winters
Robert Schmidt     Kecia L. Weigand   Jesse R. Fleri
Helga Van Miegroet     Marc A. Wilson   Casey J. Brucker
          Anders P. Hart