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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

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

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Jim Long
NR 326

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


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.