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Applied Forest Management

About the Applied Forest Management Program

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.


logo of the Society of American ForestersThe 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.


Graduate Job Placement Rates

Class Number of Graduates % Employed* % Employed in Forestry* Job Type or Title
2007 6 100% 83% foresters (x4), HS forestry/science teacher
2008 4 100% 75% foresters (x3)
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
2014 2 100% 100% forester (x2)
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)
2020 5 100% 100% forester (x3), full-time student (x3)

* Does not include those students who are continuing as full time students for B.S. degree