Martin Nie is Professor of Natural Resources Policy and Director of the Bolle Center for People and Forests. In 2016, Nie received the University of Montana's Distinguished Teaching Award, a special recognition based on "a history of excellence in classroom teaching" and given to professors who "have demonstrated a quality long-term impact on their students." As appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, Nie served from 2014-2018 on the U.S. Forest Service’s National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule.
For twenty years, Nie’s research focuses on federal lands and wildlife policy, law, planning, and conflict. Some of Nie’s more recent projects and writing examines the authority to manage fish and wildlife on federal lands, legislative efforts to transfer ownership or control of federal lands, the National Forest System (conflict, litigation, the rewriting of national forest plans, law reform), the future prospects of the Wilderness Preservation System, and the practice of adaptive management and planning.
Nie grew up in Ontario, Canada and received degrees from the University of Nebraska and Northern Arizona University. He loves to ski as much as possible with his son Joe, float wild rivers; hike, hunt and fish the mountains of Montana, and mess around in his garage listening to vintage country and rock and roll. He also enjoys photography, playing hockey, Irish whiskey, and strong cheese.