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Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

Today, U.S. forests cover roughly 749 million acres, near the same amount of land area as they did in the 1920s. As a graduate of our program you will join those advocates who have worked conscientiously to sustain our forested resources.

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Forest Resources
phone: (208) 885-7952
fax: (208) 885-6564
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 441133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
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Our Graduates Get Noticed

Because of our rich history and successful track record, our graduates are highly sought after by employers. They are hired by government agencies and organizations such as the Idaho Department of Lands, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Non-government Organizations (NGOs) such as the Nature Conservancy, private forest land owners, forest product manufactures, development companies, or environmental consulting organizations also hire forest resources graduates.

The Next-Generation of Forest Resource Professionals
More than ever, capable forest resources professionals are needed to study and properly communicate the interrelated issues related to forest management and sustainability. Our faculty members are nationally respected and they understand that managing forests sustainably involves the recognition of connections among ecological, social and economic systems to maintain forest health and productivity.

In our program you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of forest ecosystems, sustainable forestry, forest management, watersheds and the climate. You'll also have the opportunity to focus your studies by taking electives in related fields. Many of our students earn a minor in related fields such as Rangeland Ecology & Management or undergraduate or graduate-level certificate in fire ecology and management, or a minor in fire ecology and management or forest operations. Other areas of focus, include:

  • Ecology
  • Forest ecosystem processes
  • Forest social sciences
  • Aerial-photo interpretation (remote sensing)
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Silviculture
  • Forest genetics and tree improvement
  • Protection against insects, disease and fire
  • Forest nursery management