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Welcome to ForestryDegree.net – a resource for learning about the forestry profession and accredited degree programs within this field. Feel free to browse our educational articles, and to follow our blogger, Christina Warburg, a Seasonal Park Ranger in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, as she posts topics related to the forestry profession and much more. To learn more about your options, click on each section below for a detailed overview:

Overview of related Forester and Conservation Science Degree Programs

Forestry is a specialized field of study with unique career opportunities, like conservationist, agricultural worker, fisher, and park ranger. You’ll learn what it takes to work in forest services and how to properly conserve our natural environment. Entry-level employment in this field typically requires at least an associate degree.

You can also work towards your bachelor’s or master’s degree in a number of areas: Environmental management, Environmental studies, and Horticulture.

Our list of schools will help you find the right program that meets your unique career goals.

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Kaplan University Kaplan University
Accreditation
  • HLC
  • NCA
Ashford University Ashford University
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  • WSCUC
Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University
Accreditation
  • MSA
Marylhurst University Marylhurst University
Accreditation
  • NWCCU

What You Can See With a Forestry Degree

With a forestry degree, you can breathe in the fresh air rather than being stuck in a cubicle daydreaming into nature landscapes. You can choose to pursue a career working in any of our country’s beautiful national parks or forests. Browse through guide below to learn a bit more about the forests, mountains, rivers, monuments, and more that could be your potential future office.

Forests

Forests

Name Size (approx.) U.S. Location Point of Interest Year Established
Beaverhead-Deerlodge 5,247 square miles Montana Anaconda Pintler Wilderness 1908
Bridger-Teton 5,313 square miles Wyoming Granite Creek 1897
Chattahoochee-Oconee 1,354 square miles Georgia Scull Shoals Historic Site 1936
Chugach 10,795 square miles Alaska Portage and Byron Glaciers 1907
Cibola 2,553 square miles New Mexico Sandia Crest 1931
Cuyahoga Valley 50 square miles Ohio Towpath Trail 2000
Humboldt-Toiyabe 9,828 square miles Nevada, California Hoover Wilderness 1908
Olympic 1,442 square miles Washington Hoh Rain Forest 1938
Salmon-Challis 6,719 square miles Idaho Floating Four Western Rivers 1908
Shenandoah 311 square miles Virginia Skyline Drive 1935
Superior 695 square miles Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) 1909
Tioga 253 square miles Pennsylvania Pine Creek Gorge 1900
Tongass 26,560 square miles Alaska Yakutat 1907
Tonto 4,489 square miles Arizona Tonto National Monument 1905
White Mountain 1,173 square miles New Hampshire, Maine Kancamagus Scenic Byway 1918
Yellowstone 3,471 square miles Wyoming, Montana, Idaho Old Faithful 1872
Yosemite 1,169 square miles California Yosemite Falls 1890

Mountains and Caves

Mountains

Name Size (approx.) U.S. Location Tours Available Year Established
Acadia National Park Mountains 77 square miles Maine Baker Island Cruise Tours, Oli's Trolley Tours 1916
Great Smoky Mountains "The Smokies" 816 square miles Tennessee, North Carolina Smokies Auto Tours, Guided Horseback Tours 1934
Rocky Mountains "The Rockies" 382,894 square miles Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico Rocky Mountain Rush Jeep Tours, Rapid Transit Rafting Tours 1915
Sierra Nevadas 39,612 square miles California Motorcycle Road Tours, Guided Scenic Hiking Tours 1964
Teton Mountain Range 485 square miles Wyoming Solitude Float Trip Tours, Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trip Tours 1929
Carlsbad Caverns 73.07 square miles New Mexico Self-Guided Cave Tours, King's Palace Cave Tours 1930
Jewel Cave 2 square miles South Dakota Wild Caving Tour, Historic Lantern Tour 1908
Mammoth Cave 82.63 square miles Kentucky Domes & Dripstones Tours, Wild Cave Tours 1941
Timpanogos Cave less than one square mile Utah Introduction to Cave Tours, Timpanogos Scenic Cave Tour 1922
Wind Cave less than one square mile South Dakota Candelight Cave Tours, Wild Cave Tours 1903

Rivers and Trails

Trails

Name Size (approx.) U.S. Locations Point of Interest Year Established
Colorado River 1,450 miles Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California Hoover Dam 1921
Columbia River 1,243 miles Washington, Oregon Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area 1792
Hudson River 315 miles New York, New Jersey Saugerties Lighthouse 1664
Mississippi River 2,400 miles Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana Vicksburg National Military Park 1695
Potomac River 302 miles West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. Great Falls Park and National Harbor 1931
Ala Kahakai Trail 175 miles Hawaii Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park 2000
Appalachian Trail 2,200 miles Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine Springer Mountain 1937
Continental Divide Trail 3,100 miles Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico Rocky Mountains 1978
Ice Age Trail 1,200 miles Wisconsin Whitewater Lake 1980
New England Trail 215 miles Massachusetts, Connecticut Mount Tom 2009
Pacific Crest Trail 2,650 miles California, Oregon, Washington Burney Falls 1968

Canyons

Canyons

Name Size (approx.) Location Point of Interest Year Established
Bryce Canyon 56 square miles Utah Thor's Hammer 1928
Columbia River Gorge 457 square miles Washington, Oregon Columbia River 1986
Grand Canyon 1,902 square miles Arizona Bright Angel Trail 1919
Pine Creek Gorge 47 square miles Pennsylvania Pine Creek Rail Trail 1968
Waimea Canyon 7 square miles Hawaii Iliau Nature Loop and Kukui Trail —–
Zion Canyon 229 square miles Utah Emerald Pools Trail 1919

Monuments

Monuments

Name Size (approx.) U.S. Location Year Established
Fort Frederica less than one square mile Georgia 1936
Governors Island less than one square mile New York 2001
Mount Rushmore 2 square miles South Dakota 1941
Tonto 2 square miles Arizona 1907
White Sands 225 square miles New Mexico 1933
World War II Valor in the Pacific 10 square miles Hawaii 2008


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Accreditation and Forestry Degree Programs

Accreditation is the benchmark for students and employers alike that ensures the academic integrity of the institution’s educational programs. Finding an accredited program is the first thing you should look for when researching a forestry degree program, both online and on-campus.

A quality online program will be accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accreditation body. A quality online forestry program will also be accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Accreditation bodies review several important aspects of an institution’s educational programs, such as:

Faculty Credentials: Accredited schools employ competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution by considering competence, effectiveness, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, and honors and awards.
Curriculum: Depending on the program, an accredited school offers collegiate-level programs consisting of a curriculum of studies that leads to a degree in a recognized field of study and requires at least one year to complete.
Objectives: The institution’s academic programs, student support services, and enrollment profile are consistent with its stated mission.
Resources: Accredited institutions provide a variety of services and resources, including admissions and registration, enrollment advising, academic advising, financial aid, career counseling, library resources, textbook ordering, technical assistance, and veterans and disability assistance.
Teaching and Learning – Evaluation and Improvement: An accredited school demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning.

There are many websites that promise a degree with little or no admissions process. For master’s and PhD degrees these are usually diploma mills and are not credible. Verify a school’s accreditation status as well as other useful information by visiting the sites listed below, provided by the U.S. Department of Education:

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Forestry Careers and Employment

With a forestry degree, you can work as a forest manager, but you can also work as a consultant for government agencies and major companies on environmental projects focusing on forests and their eco systems.

In many states, forest managers are required to take a test to obtain a state-issued license. To take this exam, a student must first finish their bachelor’s degree in forestry or in a related field, such as environmental conservation or wildlife studies. Degree programs and their related careers include the following:

Degree Program: Related Careers:
Forestry Degrees: Forestry degree programs teach students to manage and develop forest areas for economic, recreational, and ecological purposes.
  • Agricultural and Food Scientist
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Firefighter
  • Forest and Conservation Worker
Environmental Management Degrees: Degree programs in environmental management teach students to analyze environmental impact, follow legal requirements, set environmental objectives, and establish policy to reduce environmental impacts.
  • Director of Environmental Compliance and Policy
  • Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Planner
  • Supervisor of Hazardous Waste Management
Environmental Sciences/Studies Degrees: Environmental science degrees are composed of multidisciplinary programs that combine biology, chemistry, anthropology, and numerous other related subjects in order to establish a thorough understanding of our environment’s workings.
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Environmental Manager
  • Hazardous Materials Specialist
  • Soil Scientist
Natural Resources and Sustainability Degrees: Degrees in natural resources and sustainability focus on renewable energy, business practices, and specific policies related to environmental compliance.
  • Environmental Project Manager
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Natural Science Manager
  • Recycling and Environmental Awareness Program Coordinator
  • Sustainability Specialist

When deciding on a degree and career path, it helps to know where to look for employment and what areas in your field are currently growing. According to the map below provided by The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in forestry and related professions include:

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