UM's forestry degree is re-accredited, marks 85 years of delivering forestry education

Courtesy: The University of Montana. UM Associate Professor Andrew Larson leads forestry students in an outdoor lab as part of a Forestry Field Skills class. This course introduces students to forestry field skills including orienteering, map reading, GPS, tree measurements, fire and fuels management, recreation, human dimensions, hydrology, wood products and the careers possible with a forestry degree.

MISSOULA - The Society of American Foresters reaccredited the University of Montana's bachelor's degree in forestry, marking 85 years of UM delivering forestry education. 

UM's forestry program was one of the first in the county to be accredited in 1935 and remains the only professionally accredited forestry degree in Montana.

“For more than a century, UM’s graduates have grown an international reputation for our forestry program,” David Affleck, chair of the Department of Forest Management in UM’s W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation said. “Our reaccreditation signals to our students and to the profession that UM forestry students are well equipped to meet the demands of the field.”

To achieve reaccreditation, the program was assessed by an outside team of educators and practicing foresters, in addition to a comprehensive review by the Society of American Foresters' national Committee on Accreditation. 

The program currently serves 120 students and teaches students how to promote, sustain and conserve forest resources, from water and wildlife to wood products.

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