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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 prepare you to be the next generation of land stewards. During our two-year program you will become well versed in plant identification, surveying/mapping, forest inventories, operating machinery, forest insects and diseases, plant healthcare, and more!
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?
  • Spend Time Outdoors!

  • Conduct forest inventories

  • Practice hands-on skills

  • Evaluate forest health

  • Plant Trees

  • Improve wildlife habitats
  • Safely operate chainsaws and heavy equipment
  • Earn industry-accepted certifications

Why ACM?

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Julie Conway

Julie Conway

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Randy Kamp

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Melissa Nash

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Seth Clapper

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Tanner Brown

Why Forestry?


What is Forestry

What is Forestry?

Forest Technology at ACM

Forest Technology at ACM

Program Details

Our Forest Technology program prepares you to work in a wide variety of natural resource fields from traditional forestry (working in the woods), to urban forestry (working with individual trees in urban areas), land surveying, park service, or even wildlife management! You'll learn to work alone, use equipment, make qualified decisions, and supervise work crews in the field. And you'll be prepared for employment in just four semesters and a seven-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
  • Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in the technical skills necessary to be a forest technician.
  • Graduates will possess a knowledge of theories necessary to make evidence and science-based decisions related to forestry and natural resource management.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate communication skills and professional behavior relevant in the field of forestry.
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate the technical skills needed to perform tasks required of a forest technician in a safe, efficient, and accountable manner.
  • Students will evaluate, quantify, and identify biological entities in forest ecosystems.
  • Students will apply theories and data in order to make sound forest management decisions.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communications and professional behaviors.

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
Associate Professor & Forestry Program Director

Technology 108

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

Levi Sisler
Assistant Professor of Forestry

Technology 107

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland B.S. West Virginia University M.S. West Virginia University

Marsha Clauson
Administrative Associate

Technology 111

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland



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