What is Forestry?
The University of Tennessee offers the only accredited Forestry degree in the state. The Forestry major in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources allows students to focus in one of two areas: Forest Resource Management or Wildland Recreation.
What is Forest Resource Management?
Forest Resource Management is the planning, administration and management of forest resources to provide environmental and economic benefits for society. It involves the study of recreation and utilization of natural resources, including wood, wildlife, special forest products and water. Students study a wide spectrum of disciplines including dendrology, forest ecology, soils, forest economics, forest measurement techniques, human dimensions, wood properties and identification, and wildlife biology. Students are able to apply their studies to both urban forests and remote wilderness areas.
What is the Forestry Spring Block?
In the spring term of the junior year, students in Forest Resource Management enroll in a block of forestry courses designed to maximize hands-on experience in conducting management activities in forested settings. Spring block courses follow a specialized schedule that maximizes time in the field and facilitates out-of-state travel requiring overnight stays. Examples of spring block courses are the following:
- Wildland Recreation
- Forest Management
- Forest and Wildland Resource Policy
- Wildlife Habitat Evaluation and Management
- Managing Natural Resource Organizations
- Wood Properties/Uses
- Wood Identification
- Planning and Management of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources
Where can I get a job with this background?
Graduates of the Forest Resources Management program are employed in both private and public sectors.
Private sector opportunities include:
- Land management — Industry land management foresters are responsible for managing company property for timber production, as well as non-timber uses, such as wildlife habitat.
- Procurement foresters in the forest industry — Procurement foresters purchase timber for landowners to supply their mills.
- Private forest consultant — Private forestry consultants work with landowners to manage their lands for a wide range of uses, including timber, wildlife, recreation and investment opportunities.
Public sector opportunities include:
- State forestry agencies — State foresters are involved in landowner education, land management and fire control.
- Foresters with the U.S. Forest Service — Foresters are hired by state and federal wildlife agencies and may be responsible for a variety of activities, including fire-control, land management, recreation, wildlife habitat management and visitor education.
What is the Wildland Recreation concentration?
Wildland Recreation is the study of and techniques associated with planning, development, management and interpretation of private and public lands for recreational purposes. The current and future challenge to management of recreational lands is finding the proper balance between resource sustainability and providing recreational outlets to a growing population. To prepare students to manage both park resources and park visitors, the Wildland Recreation program combines study in natural resources and the social sciences.
What kind of "real world" experience will I gain as a Wildland Recreation student?
A 10-week professional internship experience is required during the final 45 hours of credit in the program. The internship is a highly structured field experience in which students are guided by specific learning objectives. Students receive one credit per two weeks of full-time field experience. Summer employment or volunteer work in a related field prior to the internship is strongly encouraged.
Where can I get a job with this background?
Students are prepared to work in natural resource-based park and recreation setting on private and public lands. These lands include local, state and national parks. Students may also qualify for employment with state and federal agencies and private or non-profit organizations providing outdoor recreational opportunities.
The National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, state parks and city/county park systems employ graduates of Wildland Recreation. Graduates also provide guiding and outfitting services and work in the retail sector. Others find positions in environmental education and interpretation at nature centers and residential camps. Urban forestry is another growing area of employment.
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