Department of Forestry


Lesley Schumacher-Lott
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Phone: 517-355-0091

Forestry is an environmental science that deals with the sustainable management of the natural resources that occur on and in association with forested lands in both urban and rural landscapes. Environmental scientists trained as foresters are essential to society in addressing issues of carbon sequestration, biofuel production, wood products manufacturing, habitat management, recreational lands management and the sustainable development of a bioeconomy that includes environmental services.

Forests are an extremely valuable, renewable resource that cover about one-third of the land area of the United States. Forests play a critical role in maintaining a proper carbon dioxide balance in the earth’s atmosphere. MSU’s Forestry program has a large pool of scholarships, that provides $70,000 to $100,000 to its majors per year. Forestry is an accredited, professional program. Its graduates are leaders in the profession. Students may choose from five concentrations within the major:
• Forest Resource Management
• Forest Conservation and Environmental Studies
• Wood Products Manufacturing and Marketing
• Urban and Community Forestry
• Forest Sciences

Careers in forestry are professional positions in forest land management, forest products industries, carbon markets, biofuel production and urban forestry. The job market is currently expanding. There are more jobs available than qualified candidates to fill them. Students dedicated to sustainable environmental management are needed to fill these positions.

To see courses required by this major, visit the Forestry major listing in the MSU course catalog.

Career Opportunities
Employment opportunities include carbon markets, biofuel production, global forest products companies, private land management, the USDA Forest Service and other public land management agencies, consulting and conservation organizations. Foresters also pursue additional education in ecology, economics, wood science, sociology, entomology, pathology, genetics, biometry and an array of related disciplines.

Forestry includes the areas of biofuels, cap-and-trade carbon markets, timber production, forest ecosystem management, forest product production, recreation management, urban forestry and ecosystem management.