Climate change, carbon storage, biodiversity, and ecosystem integrity in the context of sustainable human use of forests and associated resources are important scientific and social issues. 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 levels.
Forestry is the art and science of managing and understanding the natural and human dimensions of forests and forest use. 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, leading to a bachelor of science in forestry degree (B.S.F.) 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. Students are encouraged to develop an area of concentration or to complete a minor in consultation with their academic adviser.
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 challenging international opportunities.