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FORESTRY ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT


The Department of Wildland Resources

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Forest ecology and management students work to gain the knowledge and skills needed to manage public or private forests for a wide variety of resources such as timber, recreation, water and biological diversity. This degree program focuses on providing future foresters with the broadest possible understanding of the biological, physical, economic, political, and social environment that they will work in as forestry professionals.

Current students are encouraged to visit the Wildland Resources Department homepage for current news and information or the Wildland Resources Department's Undergraduate Programs homepage for additional information.

Shelly Kotynek

ACADEMIC ADVISOR


Shelly Kotynek

NR 120
435.797.2473

shelly.kotynek@usu.edu

Shelly brings years of experience in academic advising, and her love for the outdoors to help students succeed in their educations and future careers.

  • Semester-by-semester planning
  • Connecting with clubs
  • Changing your major
  • Academic success resources
Jim Long

FACULTY ADVISOR


Dr. Jim Long

NR 326

james.long@usu.edu Directory Listing
  • Career planning
  • Graduate school planning
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Selecting degree program electives

FAQ

What is Forestry?

Forestry is the science and art of attaining desired forest conditions and benefits. Forest ecosystems supply our water, maintain our climate, help purify the air, protect soils, provide for recreational experiences, and serve as habitat for wildlife and preserves of biological diversity.

Foresters develop, use, and sustain and enhance forest resources for diverse benefits now and in the future..

What type of students study Forest Ecology and Management?

Students who …

  • Want to work outdoors.
  • Are interested in plants and ecology.
  • Are interested in sustainability issues.

What do Forest Ecology and Management majors study?

  • Foundation courses in biology, math, chemistry, and statistics.
  • Forest ecology, water quality, wildlife habitat, and identifying tree species.
  • Advanced computer applications such as geographic information systems.
  • Forest management policies and economics.

What are recent graduates doing?

  • Forester for the Manti La Sal National Forest working on projects to salvage beetle-killed timber and head off large-scale spruce beetle outbreaks.
  • Area Forester for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands providing assistance and advice for private forest landowners.
  • Extension Forester working in a County.
  • Extension office educating the public about trees and forests.
  • Forestry consultant working on environmental assessments and other projects for a large consulting firm in Salt Lake City.
  • Forester working for the Georgia.
  • Department of Natural Resources.
  • City Forester managing urban tree resources for a large northern Utah city.
  • Graduate student studying forest soil dynamics in the Wasatch Mountains.
  • Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota teaching silviculture and forest ecology.

Forest Ecology and Management Degree


Students Working

Forest ecology and management students work to gain the knowledge and skills needed to manage public or private forests for a wide variety of resources such as timber, recreation, water and biological diversity. This degree program focuses on providing future foresters with the broadest possible understanding of the biological, physical, economic, political, and social environment that they will work in as forestry professionals.

Students Working in the Forest

Current students are encouraged to visit the Wildland Resources Department homepage for current news and information or the Wildland Resources Department's Undergraduate Programs homepage for additional information.

Academic Advisor

Shelly Kotynek

Shelly Kotynek
NR 120
435.797.2473
shelly.kotynek@usu.edu

  • Semester-by-semester planning
  • Connecting with clubs
  • Changing your major
  • Academic success resources

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Jim Long
NR 326
james.long@usu.edu

  • Career planning
  • Graduate school planning
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Selecting degree program electives

FAQ:

Forestry is the science and art of attaining desired forest conditions and benefits. Forest ecosystems supply our water, maintain our climate, help purify the air, protect soils, provide for recreational experiences, and serve as habitat for wildlife and preserves of biological diversity. 

Foresters develop, use, and sustain and enhance forest resources for diverse benefits now and in the future..

Students who ….

  • Want to work outdoors.
  • Are interested in plants and ecology.
  • Are interested in sustainability issues.
 
  • Foundation courses in biology, math, chemistry, and statistics.
  • Forest ecology, water quality, wildlife habitat, and identifying tree species.
  • Advanced computer applications such as geographic information systems.
  • Forest management policies and economics.
  • Forester for the Manti La Sal National Forest working on projects to salvage beetle-killed timber and head off large-scale spruce beetle outbreaks.
  • Area Forester for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands providing assistance and advice for private forest landowners.
  • Extension Forester working in a County
  • Extension office educating the public about trees and forests.
  • Forestry consultant working on environmental assessments and other projects for a large consulting firm in Salt Lake City.
  • Forester working for the Georgia
  • Department of Natural Resources.
  • City Forester managing urban tree resources for a large northern Utah city.
    Graduate student studying forest soil
  • dynamics in the Wasatch Mountains.
  • Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota teaching silviculture and forest ecology.

Club membership is not specific to any major in the Quinney College of Natural Resources and all students are encouraged to get involved.  Visit the Student Organizations website to see how to get involved in what interests you.