Sustainable Forest Management is an option under the Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management major. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to measure and assess natural resources in order to understand the ecology of forest systems; manage for environmental services; treat forest fuels; achieve sustainable harvest; market and sell forest products; and understand how social, economic, and ecologic forces impact the management of forests and their resources.

Required Option Courses
(minimum 35 credits)

ESRM 323 (5) Silviculture
ESRM 331 (3) Landscape Plant Recognition
ESRM 368 (4) Natural Resources Measurements
ESRM 400 (3) Natural Resource Conflict Management
ESRM 426 (4) Wildland Hydrology
ESRM 428 (5) Principles of Silviculture and Their Application
ESRM 430 (5) Hi-Res Remote Sensing
ESRM 461 (5) Forest Management and Economics
ESRM 470 (5) Natural Resource Policy and Planning

Choose one from each topic area:

Forest Ecology and Biology

ESRM 350 (5) Wildlife Biology and Conservation
ESRM 410 (5) Forest Soils and Site Productivity
ESRM 415 (5) Terrestrial Invasion Ecology
ESRM 435 (3) Insect Ecology

Forest Resource Management

ESRM 315 (5) Old Growth and Forest Management
ESRM 381 (3) Management of Wildland Recreation and Amenities
ESRM 420 (5) Wildland Fire Management
ESRM 425 (5) Ecosystem Management
ESRM 468 (5) Forest Operations

Forest Resource Policy, Economics and Admin

ESRM 320 (5) Marketing and Human Resources
ESRM 423 (3) International Trade, Marketing, and the Environment
ESRM 465 (3) Economics of Conservation

Career Opportunities

This SAF-accredited option can lead directly into an SAF-accredited Master of Forest Resources and/or can be used to satisfy the educational requirements of the SAF’s Candidate Certified Forester (CCF) title. Career possibilities include positions responsible for forest stand examination, stream sampling, amphibian and/or bird surveys as they relate to Habitat Conservation Plans, silviculture prescription writing, riparian management zone (stream buffer) layout, timber “cruising,” timber sale layout, and harvest setting layout.

Graduate Study

Students may choose to apply for the Master of Forest Resources (MFR) degree. The MFR is a non-thesis profession master’s degree that can be completed in just one additional year if the Sustainable Forest Management option is completed. This advanced degree can provide additional experience for those desiring more in-depth knowledge of the field and for those inclined toward leadership roles in their careers.

SEFS Faculty

Ernesto Alvarado, Gregory Ettl, Jim Fridley, Brian J. Harvey, Britt Johnson, L. Monika Moskal, Sergey Rabotyagov, Clare Ryan, Patric Tobin, Sándor F. Tóth, Eric Turnblom (lead), Aaron Wirsing

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