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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-7952
fax: (208) 885-6564

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
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Forest Operations Minor

Students interested in pursuing careers in forest operations or forest engineering are encouraged to supplement the University of Idaho's SAF-accredited forestry degree (B.S. Forest Resources) with the Forest Operations Minor. This degree combination provides students with the background necessary to work in forest management positions preparing and overseeing logging operations, designing and building forest roads, purchasing standing timber for sawmills, and developing quantitative forest management plans for industry, state, and federal forestlands.

Fire Ecology and Management students interested in fuels management and other operational aspects of wildland fire may find that the Forest Operations Minor provides a useful supplement to their primary course of study. 

Renewable Materials students focusing on green building, bio-based products, or bioenergy will find that background in forest operations increases their knowledge of where and how these materials originate. 

The core forest operations sequence is Forest Operations (FOR 430), Low Volume Forest Roads (FOR 431), and Cable Systems (FOR 436). An additional harvest scheduling course (Spatial Harvest Planning) will be offered in 2014. All of these classes emphasize field skills, using the University of Idaho Experimental Forest as a working forest classroom. Additionally, all have regular field labs integrated into timber sale activities with Potlatch Corporation, Idaho Dept. of Lands, the U.S. Forest Service., Idaho Forest Group, Northwest Management Inc., Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, the Associated Logging Contractors, and small private landowners. 

For more information about careers in forest operations or the Forest Operations Minor, please contact Rob Keefe.