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SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FORESTERS APPROVES DEGREE NAME CHANGE FOR UMFK'S FORESTRY PROGRAM

March 7, 2012

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The Society of American Forester's (SAF) Committee on Forest Technology School Accreditation (CFTSA) has approved a change in degree name for UMFK's forestry degree program, in a report received by the University.

Formerly referred to as an Associate of Science in Forest Technology, the degree will now be known as an Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management.

SAF originally granted accreditation to UMFK's Forest Technology curriculum leading to an associate of science degree in 2009. The curriculum, administered within the Forest Technology Program at UMFK, is accredited through 2018.

In its report approving the name change, SAF wrote, “The CFTSA acknowledges the change in degree name from an Associate of Science in Forest Technology to an Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management."

The committee also approved changes for the Applied Forest Management program's Forest Protection courses, reflecting UMFK's work with the Maine Forest Service to provide wildland firefight training for the agency.

“The Society of American Foresters appreciates the University of Maine at Fort Kent's dedication to excellence in forest technology education and its continued support of specialized forest technology accreditation review. The SAF Committee on Forest Technology School Accreditation accepts the 2011 Substantive Change Report for the Applied Forest Management curriculum,” the report concluded.