School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Mission and Vision

Girl paddling a canoe on still water with forest in the background.
The University owns 5,264 acres of research forest.
We foster excellence in forestry and ecological science.

Vision Statement

  • We will be a premier community of scholars who investigate ecological processes from molecular to global scales and their relationship to society.
  • We strive to be internationally recognized educators of creative scientists and those who develop both technologies and strategies for sustainable natural resource management.
  • We educate students in the maintenance of healthy ecosystems through intensive field-based training and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research programs.
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 School of Forestry 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.