Thursday, January 4, 2007

Forest Management Technology

If the USFS was taking DBH's of Pinus palustris to measure suitable RCW cavity trees, would you know what the heck was going on?

If you’re a forester you would know that the United States Forest Service (USFS) is involved in a number of red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) studies throughout the southeast that look at the diameter at breast height (DBH) of longleaf pines (Pinus palustris) to determine which trees might be used for nesting sites (cavity trees) for this protected bird species.

The Forest Management program at Haywood Community College is designed to give students practical training in the field of forestry and prepare them for competitive positions with agencies like the US Forest Service and Park Service as well as private industry and consultants to help better manage our natural resources. While forestry has traditionally included logging, lumber, solid wood products, pulp and paper, and wood furniture, many foresters today also work with water quality, prescribed fire, invasive species control, and other non-industrial areas. Forest rec­reation activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, bird-watching, and camping are a large part of our state’s tourism industry. Wildlife management, forest recreation, and water resource management are areas where qualified forestry practitioners are needed. Our Associates of Applied Science degree in Forest Management Technology will open doors to these types of careers.

Here are a few things that set our program apart:

1) We are recognized by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and our students have an active SAF student chapter that travels each year to state, regional and national SAF events. This is a great way to meet potential employers.

2) Our courses are challenging. Our students receive hands-on training with LOTS of time spent out in the woods. You will learn up-to-date methods of forestry and use the latest technologies in your classes like GPS units and the latest Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software

3) Our Forestry Club’s lumberjack team hosts and travels to woodsmen's meets, where they compete in traditional logger sports such as axe throwing, pole felling, cross-cut sawing and more.

4) Haywood is located in a beautiful setting. If you like the outdoors, this is the place for you. We are located in the most mountainous county east of the Mississippi, with 2 national forests and 2 national parks at our doorstep. The campus itself is one of the most scenic college campuses you'll find and several of our lab classes are taught right on campus. The college also owns two forests that we use for outdoor classrooms.
5) Our faculty and staff are experienced professionals who put a lot of effort into making our program the best it can be. Our faculty is always available to help students and is involved with students on both a personal and professional level.
6) Many of our forestry courses are offered ONLINE. This allows students greater flexibility and the option of completing courses on their own schedules.

7) We have transfer agreements with forestry programs at NC State, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina University, University of Idaho, and others. So when you finish the program here and decide to complete a Bachelors degree, you have a lot of options.

7) Finally, our students get jobs! Former graduates are currently employed by all of the state and federal agencies involved in resource management, including the US Forest Service, NC Forest Service, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, US Parks Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Many students also work in private forestry as consultants, timber cruisers, and timber procurement specialists. Haywood Forestry graduates are well-respected and have a great reputation in the Southeast.

Click HERE to view and download your curriculum (list of required classes) for the Forestry Program.

If you’d like to learn more about our program and have questions, please contact Dr. Jim Hamilton, one of our Forestry Instructors, at: 828.627.4567 or email:
We look forward to getting you on track to a job in an ‘outdoor office’!

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