Careers

The MSU Forestry program is the oldest in the United States. It was established in 1902 and is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

What do foresters do?

  • Develop plans to balance forest conservation, recreation and products
  • Promote a sustainable economy through renewable forest products
  • Conserve biological diversity and habitats
  • Mitigate climate change through reforestation and managing carbon offset projects
  • Control the negative effects of invasive exotic plant and insect species
  • Enhance biodiversity and alleviate rural poverty through international reforestation
  • Create urban green space and infrastructure

Where do foresters work?

  • State Departments of Natural Resources (MI and other states)
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • Tree care companies
  • Community non-profits
  • City forestry organizations
  • Conservation groups
  • Peace Corps
  • Real estate investment trusts
  • Timber management companies
  • Forestry consulting firms

Learn through experience

There are numerous opportunities to learn outside the classroom, including field trips, internships, research and study abroad. In fact, MSU offers more study abroad programs than any other public university.

Students also have the chance to learn through teaching. Several local events throughout the year—MSU Museum’s Darwin Discovery Day and the MSU Science Festival—have become great settings for students to demonstrate the role that forests play in our everyday lives.

The MSU Forestry Club—a Society of American Foresters student chapter—sponsors numerous activities, including maple syrup production, forestry skills competitions, camping trips and professional seminars. Visit them on Facebook! - Michigan State Forestry Club.

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