About the Program
Accredited by the Society of American Foresters, UMFK’s Applied Forest Management program offers small classes, hands-on learning, and experienced faculty. You’ll explore topics such as tree planting and tending, species identification, forest ecology and habitat management, and more. The degree will also provide you a pathway to becoming a Maine Licensed Forester.
Career Opportunities in Applied Forest Management
This is a great time to seek a career in forestry! The ratio of jobs to graduates is at an all-time high, and that ratio is only expected to increase. Changes in the forest industry have created many new, technologically advanced positions.
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Potential employers include:
- Consulting foresters
- Land management companies
- Forest industry
- Forestry, conservation, and agriculture departments of the state and federal governments.
- Logging contractors
Employers who have hired our graduates in recent years include:
- American Forest Management
- Irving Woodlands LLC
- James W. Sewall Company
- Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
- Maine Forest Service
- Maine Land Use Regulation Commission
- Seven Islands Land Company
- U.S. Forest Service
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Wagner Forest Management, Ltd.
While some companies have placed our graduates directly into forester positions, several local companies prefer to have employees with baccalaureate degrees. Those employers worked with UMFK to develop a baccalaureate degree in business with a concentration in forestry. Both degrees, Associate of Science Applied Forest Management and Bachelor of Science Business Management Major, can be completed in four years.
In Maine, forest technicians and foresters compete for entry level positions. Forest technicians generally have stronger field skills. However, individuals seeking advancement, whether in industry or government, should consider a baccalaureate degree. One outstanding option for an industry position is UMFK’s Bachelor of Science in business management. This degree is recommended by local industry representatives. Government employers may prefer UMFK’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.
In Maine, forest rangers have the added duty of enforcing forestry and environmental law. A Maine forest ranger’s work includes preparing and updating fire action plans, training firefighters, and supervising suppression operations. They patrol assigned regions and conduct equipment inspections. They also report and prosecute violations; investigate suspicious fires and suspected criminal activities; and conduct public information and education programs. Their enforcement duties also involve preparing records and reports that are used by the Maine Attorney General.
Students wishing to pursue careers in administration, or who wish to seek advancement within government agencies, must consider a baccalaureate degree. UMFK offers such an opportunity through its Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies , Bachelor of Science Degree in Rural Public Safety Administration and it’s Bachelor of Conservation Law Enforcement with a Natural Resources concentration.
Students seeking employment as a GIS specialist, may further their studies with the GIS Minor if they are Bachelor’s students, or GIS Certificate if they are Associate’s student, the GIS concentration under the Computer Systems Administration Major or one in the Environmental Studies Program. GIS specialists have more extensive training in database management, programming, and geospatial analysis, and currently are sought after by industry. Both educational options at UMFK provide graduates with the skills to compete in this growing field. UMFK is a member of the Maine GIS Education Consortium, a group of University of Maine System Schools actively promoting GIS undergraduate education and post-graduate educational opportunities.
- FOR 100: Introduction to Forestry
- FOR 131: Spreadsheets for Natural Resource Professionals
- FOR 109: Dendrology
- FOR 132: Forest Protection I
- FOR 242: Map and LiDAR Interpretation
- FOR 208: Forest Products, Harvesting, and Transportation
- FOR 290: Forest Mensuration
- GEO 103: Introduction To Global Positioning Systems
- FOR 203: Surveying for Foresters
- FOR 226: Forest Operations
- FOR 332: Forest Inventory and Analysis
- BUS 211: Introduction of Business
- FOR 260: Silvics (Forest Ecology)
- FOR 360: Silviculture
- GIS 300: GIS Applications I
- ENV 302: Wildlife Conservation & Management
ENV 334: Wildlife Science
ENV 354: Wildlife Habitat Interactions
- SSC 327: Interpersonal Skills for Supervisors
- FOR 330: Forest Protection II
- FOR 350: Forest Management Practicum
- FOR 361: Silvics/Silviculture Lab
Accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF)
Credits needed to complete your degree
US Forest Service
One of our many internship opportunities
Meet the faculty who make this program so successful.
Assistant Professor of Forestry
Dr. Landry graduate with a PhD in biology from Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, Quebec. …
Libin Thaikkattil Louis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Forestry
Dr. Louis received his Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Maine in 2021. …
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