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.
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.
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)
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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:
- 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.
Marie Perrin Miller, Assistant Professor, Program Director
A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., West Virginia University
A.S., Nassau Community College
B.S., State University of New York
M.S., University of New Hampshire
B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Miami University of Ohio
A.A.S., University of New Hampshire Thompson School
B.S., University of New Hampshire
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