Forests are central to meeting today’s challenges of climate change, biodiversity, and the sustainability of rural communities and economies. The forestry program at the University of New Hampshire prepares its graduates with the scientific and managerial knowledge and skills to address these environmental and resource management problems at local, regional, and global scales.
Forestry is the art and science of managing and understanding forests, their use, and their conservation. It embraces both natural and human dimensions of sustainability. Forestry education at UNH focuses on sustainable management of forests for biodiversity, productivity, and health, based on a multidisciplinary approach. The program's goal is to provide a sound professional preparation, a broad general education, and the flexibility to cultivate special abilities and interests. Students are encouraged to develop an area of concentration or to complete a minor in consultation with their academic adviser. The Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree (B.S.F.) at UNH is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The SAF is recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting body for forestry in the United States.
A UNH forestry degree can be the gateway to a rewarding profession. UNH forestry graduates manage forests to provide wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities, care for soil and water resources, protect and restore forest ecosystems, and assure a sustainable supply of forest products. They are employed by private industry, public agencies, public interest groups, education institutions, research organizations, and consulting firms. Many students enter graduate school for advanced study in forest biology or management while others have found exciting international opportunities