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Forestry School Options
« on: February 28, 2017, 06:19:56 pm »
Hello everyone, I'm going to apologize in advance because I've never used a forum before. I am a 20 year old army reservist and am considering a degree in forestry. I'm mainly trying to find a school that is geared more towards silviculture, not so much towards management and harvesting of forests. I wouldn't mind maybe minoring in entomology, but that is not as important. I'm currently looking into SUNY for their forest biotechnology program, and Michigan Tech's forest degree with a minor in plant biotechnology. Does anyone have experience with these programs? Would I stand a chance in the job market with either option? I guess I'm just trying to avoid the agricultural side of it and lean more towards research. I would really appreciate any information anyone has. Thank you!

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Re: Forestry School Options
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 10:40:37 pm »
Collect course catalogs from various colleges/universities and compare what they offer.  I went to Mizzo and I know that the curriculum  has changed in the 50 since I graduated, so check with the pros, the educators.
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Re: Forestry School Options
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2017, 12:01:21 pm »
Select your forestry school based on where you want to live and have your career rather than course offerings. All the true BSF's will be about the same, (they have to be) but the education is very regionalized, such that a forester from Michigan is unlikely to succeed in Alabama, and vice versa. The only time I've seen forestry transfer well is from Maine, those folks seem to do well in the piney woods of the deep south, but I cant even count the number of mid-west foresters the paper mills brought to the south east only to fail and quit a year later.

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Re: Forestry School Options
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2017, 09:11:34 am »
I am a NY guy thru and thru, so ESF, Ranger School or Paul smith's would be my suggestion.
Regarding northern boys in the south, maybe green briars, other undergrowth and reptiles have something to do with it.
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2017, 10:25:59 am »
If you want to do research, you should consider a graduate degree if you want to compete in that specialized job market, and most of the research jobs are with the Government and Universities. 
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Re: Forestry School Options
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2017, 03:29:38 pm »
Both Michigan Tech and SUNNY are good choices. I'm partial to Michigan Tech. ;)
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2017, 12:03:00 pm »
Silviculture is management.  There is little need for it without logging and harvesting. Get those concepts squared away at the beginning. 
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Re: Forestry School Options
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2017, 01:34:35 pm »
such that a forester from Michigan is unlikely to succeed in Alabama, and vice versa.

I graduated from Michigan Tech and of my 30 or so classmates only half dozen or so are left in the lake states. Many of them are working in the south east as well as the north west and doing just fine. They all have told me that once you get a job someplace and learn how things are done you realize that the science of it is all the same just the mechanic of how things are done differ.


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Re: Forestry School Options
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2017, 06:04:38 am »
I am a NY guy thru and thru, so ESF, Ranger School or Paul smith's would be my suggestion.
Regarding northern boys in the south, maybe green briars, other undergrowth and reptiles have something to do with it.

Which school are you referring to as "Ranger School"?

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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2017, 12:39:13 pm »
It is entirely possible to go to forestry school in Michigan and be a very competent forester in a place like Miss or Al.  You just have to get up to speed on some new species. The concepts are the same.  I went to school at the U of Washington and worked on contracts in Alaska, California, Colorado, N Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, South Dakota and lots of other places. 
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Re: Forestry School Options
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2017, 08:36:47 am »
I am a NY guy thru and thru, so ESF, Ranger School or Paul smith's would be my suggestion.
Regarding northern boys in the south, maybe green briars, other undergrowth and reptiles have something to do with it.

Which school are you referring to as "Ranger School"?

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Re: Forestry School Options
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2017, 09:47:46 am »
I was curious...can ANY of the "environmental science" curriculum be achieved at Community Colleges.  I know here, there are Community Colleges that cover quite the gambit of classes in environmental sciences. I know they do quite a bit of field work and applicable studies in the many parks that surround the areas.  What are the particular courses that make it so community colleges can not be accredited courses.  I would think that it would be advantageous for both the college and the students attempting to pursue such a degree and can not afford to attend the "big schools."  What is stopping this from folks being able to achieve their goals and become a licensed Forester?
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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2017, 12:04:57 pm »
Sounds like maybe to lean to a natural resources degree. You will get plenty of forestry and plenty of research. So you could lean which ever way the market takes you

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Re: Forestry School Options
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2017, 05:24:19 pm »
You might check into the courses offered and/or required to graduate from the school you choose.  Some states are specific about course requirements to be eligible for specific jobs.  The State of Michigan is one of those states. Just my $.02!