Mission and Vision

We foster excellence in forestry and ecological science.


To be a global leader in the development and communication of science and technology related to the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of natural systems, of which humans are an integral part.


Given our changing world, we work to address the challenges in natural resource sustainability through education and training, novel research, innovation, and outreach.


We accomplish our mission by engaging with people, leading vibrant programs, and caring for the places we work and conduct research. We lead into the future by focusing on our students, their creativity, and the challenges and opportunities that they inherit.

Old houses at the Ford Center with a purple sunset sky.
Students continually explore, investigate, and manage the natural resources surrounding us on Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. One of the most memorable School experiences is "camp," a semester-long field practicum at the Ford Center, our live-in education and research facility located in our research forest 40 miles south of campus.

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Michigan Tech College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is the largest forestry program in Michigan accredited by the Society of American Foresters. SAF, the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession, is responsible for the accrediting postsecondary degree-granting forestry programs.

Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that assures educational quality standards set by the profession are met by a postsecondary degree-granting program of study. Graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession.

Several people cross country skiing on a trail in the woods.
Selective timber harvesting, trail-blazing, and maintenance—forestry and environmental science students help manage and maintain the Tech Trails, the University's recreational forest adjacent to campus that includes one of the nation's premier Nordic ski courses. They also put concepts into practice in the fields, forests, and waters of nearby communities.