The FMC is a unique facility housed in the College of Forestry at OSU. Founded in 1963, the FMC has grown to become one of the world’s finest centers for instructional design and media production dedicated to forestry and natural resource education.
At the heart of FMC activity is the development of effective communication efforts blending the best of instructional and communication design principles with effective use of instructional media technology.
The mission of the FMC is to provide new ideas, tools and technologies to communicate forestry and natural resource information to a vast and diverse audience – from forest scientists to natural resource field personnel; from federal agencies to grade school children, and many more. Over the past 41 years of producing educational media, the FMC has worked for a variety of clients, including federal and state agencies like the USFS, BLM, NRCS, OSU Extension Service, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI), and USAID, as well as private industry. Our products have evolved with the technology–from synchronized slide programs in the 1960’s and 70’s to today’s DVD’s, interactive web sites, and digital video productions.
Although the technology has changed, the fundamental elements of sound instructional design and application of communication principles have not. These principles have guided the FMC over the past 40 years, and been directly responsible for both our international reputation and the continued demand for our services.