Students graduating from the Applied Forest Management Program with a concentration in forest management will develop skills that are the foundation of good forestry and conservation in Maine. In addition to basic forestry, such as tree identification, tree measurement, forest ecology and silviculture, students will learn additional skills focusing on boundary surveying; forest inventory and mapping; and supervision of harvesting, thinning, and planting crews. Graduates find work as forest technicians, foresters, and forest rangers. Many graduates work in forest operations and several are GIS specialists. Potential employers include consulting foresters; land management companies; forest industry; and the forestry, conservation, and agriculture departments of the state and federal governments. UMFK’s forestry graduates have a broad forestry education and graduate with many marketable skills.
This associate degree also may serve as entry to a baccalaureate education in business management, rural public safety, environmental studies, forestry or other fields. Several programs are available where students can complete the Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management and a baccalaureate degree within four years. UMFK, for example, has developed a forestry concentration under the Business Management major. With proper planning, a student can complete both degrees (Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science) in four years. Refer to the Business Major for more information.