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Forest Technology

Forestry is the science and art of managing our natural resources and ecosystems in a sustainable way for the future of our lands. Our two-year forest technology program is designed to mold you to be the next generation of forest stewards. You will become well versed in plant identification, surveying/mapping, conducting forest inventories, operating machinery, forest insects and diseases, and plant healthcare.
Forestry Program Director
Location: Technology (T) 129
What will you learn?
  • How to identify different species of plants

    • Native and Non-Native

    • Winter identification

    • Use a dichotomous key

  • Forest Inventory
    • Cruising timber

    • Data manipulation

    • Statistical analysis

  • Surveying and Mapping
    • Compass and pacing
    • Global Positioning System (GPS)

  • Computer software applications for forestry
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    • Forest inventory software

    • Drone application

  • Communication Skills
    • Work independently and in a group

    • Present yourself professionally

What will you do?
  • Conduct forest inventories

  • Locate and measure property boundaries

  • Determine the health of a forest stand

  • Wildlife habitat evaluations

  • Fell trees and operate heavy machinery

Why ACM?

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Forest Technology at ACM

Forest Technology at ACM

Program Details

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.

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Our Forest Technology curriculum is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), and one of only 25 accredited programs in North America. We are the only SAF-accredited Forest Technology Program in the state of Maryland.

Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • Students will show evidence of understanding the theories and knowledge necessary to function as a Forest Technician.
  • Students will develop the field and laboratory skills necessary to function as a Forest Technician.
  • Students will understand the rigors of working in a natural environment.
  • Students will graduate from a program that has maintained accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).
  • Students will obtain employment within six months of graduation in an area where their acquired skills are necessary.  Some may choose to continue their education at a professional forestry school where they will be given advanced placement status.
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will be able to properly identify biological entities that would normally be encountered within the forest ecosystem.
  • Students will be able to quantify the components of natural landscapes.
  • Students will apply the principles of forest and individual tree protection.
  • Students will be able to recommend appropriate management actions which consider "multiple uses" of that landscape.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in applying the skills and practices necessary for them to become a good leader/supervisor.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate communication skills by expressing scientific principles in audience appropriate language using a written and or oral format.
  • Students will be able to acquire and use scientific data and information from various sources to help them understand, justify and present management decisions.
  • Students will be aware of the hazards associated with working in and managing a natural ecosystem.
  • Students will understand the contributions made to the economy and health of the world through good forest management.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic plant, tree and wood biology especially as their biology contributes to individual tree health and the production of forest products.

Meet the Faculty

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

Marie Perrin Miller 
Assistant Professor & Forestry Program Director

Technology 129

A.A.S, Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., West Virginia University
M.N.R., Oregon State University

James Watson 
Assistant Professor

Technology 127

B.A., West Virginia University
M.S., West Virginia University
P.H.D., West Virginia University

Misty Ballou 
Administrative Associate, IT Center for Excellence and Forestry

Technology 217

AA, Montgomery College


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