The Applied Forest Management program emphasizes field-orientated, hands-on learning throughout the curriculum. Students in the program study a range of forestry topics including tree identification, tree measurements, timber harvesting, forest ecology and silviculture, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Faculty members have worked closely with professionals in the forestry industry and in the Maine Forest Service to maintain a curriculum that satisfies the needs of employers.
The study of these topics will develop skills that are foundational to the industry. These skills include timber harvest planning and layout, forest inventory and mapping, supervision of harvesting, thinning, and planting crews, and boundary surveying.
Like technology? UMFK has full integrated state-of-the-art GIS, GPS, and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technologies into the curriculum.
This associate degree may serve as entry to a baccalaureate education in business management, rural public safety, environmental studies, or other fields. Several programs are available on campus where students can complete the Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management and a baccalaureate degree within four years.
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) has awarded UMFK's Applied Forest Management Program with accreditation through 2028. This makes UMFK the only SAF nationally accredited associate forestry program in Maine and one of only two in New England. Currently, our job to student ratio is very high, and graduates from the UMFK Applied Forest Management Program consistently go on to lead successful careers in the field. It is a good time to study forest management at UMFK.
|Class||Number of Graduates||% Employed*||% Employed in Forestry*||Job Type or Title|
|2007||6||100%||83%||foresters (x4), HS forestry/science teacher|
|2009||4||100%||100%||wood buyer, forester (x3)|
|2010||3||100%||100%||foresters (x2), wood procurement forester|
|2011||3||100%||100%||forester, logging contractor, student|
|2012||4||100%||100%||harvest supervising forester (x2), student, consulting forester/technician|
|2013||6||83%||83%||harvest supervising forester, logging contractor, GIS forester, student, harvest layout forester|
|2015||8||100%||80%||forester (x3), logging contractor (x1), student (x3)|
|2016||11||81%||81%||forester (x8), logging (x1), student (x1)|
|2017||10||86%||71%||forester (x3), logging (x2), student (x3)|
|2018||6||100%||100%||forester (x2), GIS (x1), logging (x2), student (x1)|
|2019||4||100%||66%||forester (x2), student (x1)|
* Does not include those students who are continuing as full time students for B.S. degree