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 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 409 (5) Soil Ecology
ESRM 410 (5) Forest Soils and Site Productivity
ESRM 414 (3) Forest Soil Fertility and Chemistry
ESRM 426 (4) Wildland Hydrology

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 428 (5) Principles of Silviculture/Applications
ESRM 435 (3) Forest Entomology
ESRM 468 (5) Forest Operations

Forest Resource Policy, Economics and Admin

ESRM 320 (5) Marketing and Human Resources
ESRM 321 (5) Finance and Accounting
ESRM 400 (3) Natural Resource Conflict Management
ESRM 403 (4) Forest and Economic Development
ESRM 465 (3) Economics of Conservation

Recommended Capstone Experience for Honors Students

ESRM honors students who are required to fulfill the 10-credit major capstone requirement are strongly encouraged to select the Proposal (ESRM 494), then either the Senior Thesis (ESRM 496) or Senior Project (ESRM 495). The award-winning UW-REN Restoration Ecology Capstone (ESRM 462-464) is also available. Capstone projects can be designed to provide experience in developing a forest management plan to meet forestland parcel objectives. Requirements include a project proposal, data collection or project implementation, analysis of data/project, final written report of findings/project, and an oral presentation.

Career Opportunities and Graduate Study

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. The SFM option is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Graduates from this option may choose to apply for the SAF’s Candidate Certified Forester (CCF) title since they automatically satisfy the educational requirements.

SEFS Faculty

Eric Turnblom (lead), Greg Ettl, Jerry Franklin, Rob Harrison, L. Monika Moskal, Dorothy Paun, Clare Ryan, and Sandor Toth



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