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If you love the outdoors and want to help manage forest lands for future generations, a career as a forestry professional may be right for you. As a forestry professional, you'll maintain and improve forest health. From monitoring natural and man-made hazards, to exercising good forest management, you'll be responsible for conserving the great outdoors. Allegany College of Maryland's Forest Technology program requires dedication, but the rewards are tremendous and the "office" can't be beat.


Overview

Our Forest Technology curriculum is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), and one of only 22 accredited programs in North America. Not only is ours the only SAF-accredited Forest Technology Program in Maryland, it's the only SAF-accredited program in our region.

Our Forest Technology program trains you to become a forest technician -- a mid-management individual trained to work with a graduate level professional forester -- while you earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Forest Technology. You'll learn to work alone, make qualified decisions, and supervise work crews in the field. And you'll be prepared for employment in just four semesters and an eight-week summer field program.

As a forest technology student, you'll experience in-the-field training on conducting a forest inventory, locating and measuring property boundaries, determining the health of a forest stand, and evaluating a fish or animal population. Because forestry has become high-tech, you'll learn and become comfortable using the latest in Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.

You'll even have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects. For example, our Forest Technology students recently collected data in Savage River State Forest for a project in conjunction with Frostburg State University and the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources. The project is part of the long-term monitoring (20+ years) of forest stands severely impacted by infestations of European Gypsy moths. 

You may also choose to join our Forestry Club or Woodsmen's team- two great opportunities for professional development, networking, and fun. Activities of the Forestry Club include camping and fishing trips, seedling sales, attending a meeting of the Society of American Foresters, and more. The Woodsmen's team participates in an annual lumberjack competition that involves events like cross-cut-sawing, axe throwing, and chopping. The events that the Woodsmen's team performs are much like those in which professional timber sports athletes compete.

The Forest Technology program has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) as a Statewide Designated Program. Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Additionally, numerous Forest Technology scholarships are available through our Foundation.

Course Info

As a Forest Technology program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Introduction to Forestry
  • General Botany
  • Dendrology (tree identification)
  • Computer Applications in Forestry
  • Forest Biology/ecology
  • Land Surveying
  • Forest Measurements
  • Harvesting/ Primary Manufacturing
  • Forest Products
  • Forest Recreation
  • Forest Insects and Diseases
  • Advanced Forest Measurements (using air photos)
  • Wildlife Management
  • Silviculture (nurturing and growing healthy forests)
  • Forest Management (develops a plan for a forest)  
  • Forest Fire Control
  • Urban Forestry (caring for individual trees)

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

 

Career Info

OUR GRADUATES GET JOBS!

The Forest Technology program at Allegany College of Maryland graduates approximately 10-15 students each year, and so far, they have all received job offers!

Graduates of the Forest Technology program enjoy enriching and rewarding careers as:

  • Arborists
  • Diagnosticians
  • Fisheries Technicians
  • Forest Rangers
  • Forest Technicians
  • Game Wardens
  • GIS Technicians
  • Landscape Managers
  • Park Rangers
  • Plant Health Care Professionals
  • Procurement Managers
  • Resource Managers
  • Soil Conservationists
  • Survey Crew Members
  • Wildfire Specialists
  • Wildlife Technicians

Upon graduation with this degree, some graduates (about10%) choose to continue their education by transferring to a University to earn a B.S. degree in Forestry or other Natural Resources disciplines.

Agreements have been made with West Virginia University, and Virginia Tech to accept transfer credits for students wishing to continue their education.

*Some of the above careers may require additional training and/or a bachelor's degree.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Faculty/Staff Info
Steve Resh, Professor and Program Coordinator

301-784-5307
sresh@allegany.edu
Technologies 127

B.S., Pennsylvania State University

M.S., University of Maine


John Jastrzembski, Professor, Science Department Chair

301-784-5309
jjastrzembski@allegany.edu
Sciences 51

A.S., Nassau Community College

B.S., State University of New York

M.S., University of New Hampshire


Jim Howell, Professor

301-784-5251
jhowell@allegany.edu
Sciences 52

B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Miami University of Ohio


 

Marie Perrin Miller, Forestry Technician

301-784-5256
mperrin@allegany.edu
Technologies 128

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland

B.S., West Virginia University

Media Gallery

Promotional Videos


 

ACM Forest Technology Promotional Video     

Fieldwork Videos


 

Brian Fieldwork video      Fire Class video     

Student Interviews


 

Corder video      Erin video      Michael video

Michael video      Tanner video      Tonya video

Wesley video

Alumni Interviews


 

ArborX video      MD Wildlife Services video

Woodsmen Meet Videos


ACM Woodsmen video      Mid Atlantic Mens Speed Chop Video      Mid Atlantic Water Boil video

 

Mid Atlantic Womens Underhand Chop 01 video      Mid Atlantic Womens Underhand Chop 02 video      MAW - Stihl Timbersports video

Mid Atlantic Haywood CC video

Program Options

Associate Degrees

Forest Technology

 

Certificate Programs

Tree Care Technician



Transfer Programs

Forestry Transfer

Pursuing a bachelor's degree in forestry from a four-year institution?

We encourage all forestry students that desire a four year degree to enroll in the Forest Technology Degree Program.  This degree tends to better meet a student's needs and also guarantees transfer to partner forestry universities as a 2+2 program.  Additionally, students qualify for many more scholarships, and if you are a Maryland resident you could receive an "in-county tuition" rebate.  The Forest Technology Degree better serves most students. Consult a forestry advisor to help you determine your best option and learn about scholarship opportunities for forestry transfer students attending ACM