How to identify different species of plants
Native and Non-Native
Use a dichotomous key
Global Positioning System (GPS)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Forest inventory software
Work independently and in a group
Present yourself professionally
Conduct forest inventories
Locate and measure property boundaries
Determine the health of a forest stand
Wildlife habitat evaluations
Fell trees and operate heavy machinery
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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), Geographic Information System (GIS), and Drone technology.
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.
Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, cutting-edge, and scientific field of Forest Technology