Forestry Careers & Degrees: A Guide for Students

Foresters generally oversee the land quality of forests, parks, rangelands, and other natural resources. They design and establish plans for the management of forests and their resources; monitor forest lands and protect them from disease, harmful insects and fires; supervise tree harvests; and oversee forest and conservation workers.

CAREER GUIDE

If you’re considering a career in the forestry profession, you may envision spending your workday in blue jeans and hiking boots, managing wild lands and protecting nature for future generations. The reality of forestry careers, however, is somewhat different. While there are many people whose main goal is to protect forests and other natural resources for the future, a career in forestry encompasses much more.

Forestry and forestry-related jobs can be found in every sector of the employment market. And while the majority of employment opportunities exist with state and federal governments, there are also many jobs available with private businesses such as the timber industry. Also, much of the work in the forestry business is done inside. In fact, forestry professionals may spend weeks at a time working from an office desk. And when they do get out of doors, they often encounter harsh weather and difficult wilderness working conditions.

The majority of forestry jobs today require some form of postsecondary education. It’s not uncommon for individuals to earn a bachelor’s, master’s or even a doctoral degree in pursuit of a professional forestry career.

Employment experts will tell you that forestry is among the most misunderstood industries out there. Below you will find a wealth of information about the forestry profession, including facts and data on employment prospects, educational requirements and options, and more. You may find the realities of a career in forestry are more interesting than you imagined them to be.

Who is Best Suited for Forestry Work?

People pursuing careers in forestry will generally need to undergo a thorough background check and pass a drug test. Required knowledge, skills, and abilities will vary from job to job, but in general, forestry career candidates should:

  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be in good physical health
  • Have good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Possess good time management skills
  • Be able to apply scientific rules to solve problems
  • Be able to manage personal resources and budgets
  • Continue to learn and keep up-to-date on changing occupational practices
  • Enjoy working outdoors.
Types of Jobs Available

The types of jobs available in forestry vary significantly depending on the area of employment and the specific employer. In general, they can be categorized into three groups:

  • Public Resource Management: These are the forestry jobs found mostly with local, state, and federal government agencies. Federal government employment generally involves the management of public lands such as parks and national conservation, scenic, and recreational areas. Major federal employers include the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Similar jobs can be found on the state government level. State jobs may also include positions geared toward the assistance of private industry in the conservation and management of their timber assets and other natural resources.
  • Private Industry: The vast majority of employment opportunities for foresters in the private sector are found in the paper, lumber, and energy industries. Foresters survey public and private forest lands, and estimate the commercial value of the timber located there. They may also oversee the construction of temporary roads and facilities, supervise logging operations, and implement conservation and restoration programs.
  • Consultation Work: Consulting work in forestry is a large and growing field. Consulting foresters are independent contractors typically hired by private landowners to manage forest resources. Specifically, consulting foresters plan and implement the planting and monitoring of seedlings, supervise tree harvesting, manage timber sales, and design courses of action for the conservation of forest and other natural resources.
Career Prospects and Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of conservation scientists and foresters is expected to increase by only 5% between 2010 and 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Nevertheless, there are a number of areas in the forestry field that may experience growth in the near future. The BLS predicts that most job growth for conservation scientists and foresters will be found in federally owned forest lands, particularly in the southwest. Heightened use of lumber and wood pellets, as well as the need to restore lands affected by a slew of devastating fires, should increase job prospects.

The following is a sampling of positions that fall under the heading of forestry, their salaries and job prospects.

Forester

Foresters generally oversee the land quality of forests, parks, rangelands, and other natural resources. Specific job duties depend on the forester’s employer, but can include: designing and establishing plans for the management of forests and their resources; monitoring forest lands and protecting them from disease, harmful insects and fires; supervising tree harvests; and overseeing forest and conservation workers. According to 2012 BLS estimates, there are approximately 9,500 persons currently employed as foresters in the United States. Annual wage totals for foresters range from $36,380 (bottom 10% average) to $78,490 (top 10% average) with the average mean annual wage at $57,140. The top paying states for foresters are New Jersey, Illinois, Alaska, Connecticut and California.

Forest and Conservation Technicians

Forest and conservation technicians, in general, are responsible for the measurement and improvement of forests, rangeland, and other natural resources. They gather data on soil and water quality, check for insect damage to trees and foliage, inspect for fire hazards, supervise seasonal workers, enforce environmental laws and regulations, and more. Forest and conservation technicians earn a mean annual salary of $37,030. Growth in this job title over the decade is expected to be approximately 2%, slower than the overall job market.

Forest and Conservation Workers

This job title is often applied to entry-level positions in the forestry field. Forest and conservation workers commonly work under the supervision of foresters and forest and conservation technicians on labor-intensive tasks such as planting seedlings, clearing brush and debris, identifying and removing diseased trees, and spraying trees with insecticides. Employment in this field typically requires a high school diploma and workers generally receive most of their training on the job. Forest and conservation worker’s annual mean salary, according to 2012 BLS estimates, is $28,600.

Internships
SCA Conservation Internship
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Various locations Paid, Open to Students The program has various opportunities with national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and nonprofits. Student Conservation Association
Intern: 2014 Cornell Iscol Internship, Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Markets
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
San Francisco, CA Summer, Open to Students Interns help the director with agriculture Greenhouse Gas projects by setting goals, developing work plans and managing relationships. Environmental Defense Fund
Pathways Internship Program Student Trainee (Soil Conservation)
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Fremont, OH Paid, Summer, Open to Students Interns will assist in a variety of soil conservation duties, including performing surveys, program and conservation planning, and gathering data. Department Of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Intern III
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Everett, WA Paid, Summer, Open to Students Interns will get hands-on experience in preserving and improving the health of water resources. Duties vary by position. Snohomish County
Woodland Owner Impact Center Intern
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Location:Washington, DC Paid, Summer, Open to Students Interns will work to reach and engage small woodland owners across America to encourage active land management. American Forest Foundation
Intern-Inventory Special Project (GIS) MS/AL Internship
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Columbus, MS Immediate, Open to Students The intern reports to the Mississippi/Alabama Planning/Inventory Manager and is responsible for data processing and management. Interns manage Silvicultural history information. Weyerhaeuser
Summer Intern-(Forest Resources) Internship
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Florence, SC Summer, Open to Students Interns assist a leading manufacturer of corrugated and consumer packaging in inventory management, wood and chip quality, and truck turnaround studies. RockTenn Company
Intern
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Schaumburg, IL Paid, Summer, Open to Students You will conduct field inspections of Schaumburg’s urban forest and assist the Village Forester. Village of Schaumburg
Procurement Forester Intern
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Gladys, VA Immediate Through the program, the intern will learn about the business of wood procurement and work to build business relationships Georgia-Pacific LLC
Student Intern (Forestry Intern)
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Kenosha, WI Paid, Summer, Open to Students The intern will inventory trees to detect Emerald Ash Borer infestations. City of Kenosha
Student Trainee (Forestry) (Pathway Intern) Internship
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
La Crescent, MN Paid, Immediate, Open to Students Interns help manage the floodplain forest and work on various programs in the Corps Mississippi River 9-foot Channel Navigation Project. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Intern IV (Forestry)
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Cedar Rapids, IA Paid, Immediate, Open to Students Interns help the city arborist in special projects and data collection. Applicants must have two to four years of study in a forestry-related field or equivalent experience. City of Cedar Rapids, IA
Forestry Summer Intern
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
De Queen, AR Paid, Summer, Open to Students Interns work with a personal sponsor to learn about a variety of forestry duties. Weyerhaeuser
Forestry Intern
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Shoreview, MN Paid, Open to Students, Immediate Interns will help the Environmental Officer with Shoreview’s shade tree management program. Applicants must be enrolled or have graduated from a forestry or related program. City of Shoreview, MN
Forestry Intern
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Burnsville, MN Paid, Open to Students, Immediate Interns will assist the Forestry Department in caring for Burnsville’s urban forest and implement the emerald ash borer management plan. Applicants must be enrolled or have completed coursework in forestry or a related field. City of Burnsville, MN

Certification and Professional Associations

According to the BLS, there are currently sixteen states that require some form of credentialing process for foresters.  Seven states require licensing, six states have mandatory registration, while four others have laws regarding voluntary registration.  Check with your state’s agency for specific licensing and registration requirements. The Society of American Foresters offers a listing of state agencies.

Many professional organizations and associations provide certification programs in the forestry field, including the Society of American Foresters (Certified Forester) and the California Urban Forests Council (Urban Forester).

There are also a number of respected national, regional, and state professional associations in the forestry and environmental resource fields.  Three leading national associations are:

Scholarships/Colleges

SCHOLARSHIPS
Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarships
Amount Eligibility More Info
$2,500 Open to students entering their junior or senior year in a natural resource program, including forestry. http://www.benmeadows.com/scholarships/
Mabel Mayforth Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
Up to $1,000 Open to college juniors, seniors or graduate students in forestry or a related subject with a 3.0 GPA. Students must be Vermont residents. http://vermontfgcv.com/uploads/3/3/7/4/3374156/scholarship_application.pdf
USDA 1890 National Scholars Program
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to students with a 3.0 GPA pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or a related field atone of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. http://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/
Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to Oregon high school graduates planning to pursue an agriculture or forestry career. http://www.oregonfb.org/programs/ofb-scholarships/
WPS Foundation Agribusiness/Forestry Scholarship Program
Amount Eligibility More Info
$1,000 Open to graduating high school seniors with a parent who lives in the Wisconsin Public Service territory or works for WPS. https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-major/agriculture-scholarships/wps-foundation-agribusiness-forestry-scholarship-program/
Bradford-Sullivan Forest Landowners’ Association Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
$500 Open to residents of Bradford or Sullivan County in Pennsylvania. Applicants must be high school seniors or undergraduates majoring or planning to major in forestry or a related field. NA
Forest Resources Scholarship for College Students
Amount Eligibility More Info
$500 Open to college students majoring in a forestry related field who have lived in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming, Pike, Wayne, Lackawanna or Luzerne County in Pennsylvania. http://www.nthardwoods.org/scholarships.php
Nell Goff Memorial Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to Maine Residents majoring in a field of horticulture, including forestry NA
Folsom Garden Club Scholarship Program
Amount Eligibility More Info
$2,000 Open to college students who are residents of Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado or Yolo County in California and are majoring in a horticulture related field, including forestry, with a 3.0 GPA. http://folsomgarden.ipage.com/ftp.ipage.com/Scholarshp.html
James Bliss & Annette Sward Forestry & Nursing Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to students in Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz Counties in California studying forestry, fire science or paramedics/EMT. https://www.cappex.com/scholarship/listings/James-Bliss-&-Annette-Sward-Forestry-&-Nursing-Scholarship/-s-d-33758/;jsessionid=7D785C920D26AC1847F093D3A2915B40.tomcat-main05
Midwestern Chapter International Society of Arboriculture Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
$1,000 Open to college students pursuing a degree in forestry or related field at a college or university within the MW-ISA Chapter http://www.mwisa.org/scholarship-program
California Deer Association Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to students who maintain a 3.0 GPA, are pursuing a career in resource management or wildlife biology, and are family members of the CDA or have a personal recommendation from a CDA member. http://www.caldeer.org/scholarship.htm

Colleges Offering Forestry Study

There are many well-established associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in forestry. Many of these schools are also accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Many state boards of licensure require that applicants have graduated from a SAF-accredited program.

TYPE OF DEGREE
State
DEGREE LEVEL STATE SCHOOL NAME PROGRAM NAME
Associate Alabama Lurleen B Wallace Community College Forest Technology / Technician
Associate Alaska University of Alaska Fairbanks Natural Resources Management and Policy
Associate Alaska University of Alaska Southeast Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Associate Arizona Arizona Western College Environmental Science
Associate Arizona Eastern Arizona College Forestry, General
Associate Arizona Dine College Environmental Science
Associate Arizona Coconino Community College Environmental Science
Associate California American River College Natural Resources / Conservation, General
Associate California Bakersfield College Forestry, General
Associate California Butte College Natural Resources / Conservation, General

ONLINE COLLEGES

As with most courses of study today, there are a number of forestry and forestry-related courses available through distance learning. The number of online degree programs in field, however, is quite limited. The vast majority of distance education degree programs are provided by for-profit, primarily fully online schools such as Ashford University and the University of Phoenix, who offer degrees with titles such as Environmental Studies and Environmental Management.

Two forestry-related distance learning degree programs from fully regionally accredited universities are:

Mississippi State University: Mississippi State University is a comprehensive, land-grant public institution located in the community of Starkville. Through its College of Forest Resources, the university offers a Master of Science in Forestry degree that can be earned fully online. The 30-hour program highlights forest management, natural resource policy and law, and forest economics.

Oregon State University: Oregon State University is a four-year, public research institution with its main campus located in the city of Corvallis. Through its College of Forestry division, OSU offers a Master of Natural Resources degree, as well as a graduate certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources, both of which are obtainable only online.

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Money Matters: The Most Affordable Forestry Bachelor's Degrees

Eager to protect wildlife? Then a degree in forestry might be right for you. Still, an undergraduate degree in forestry can come at a hefty price. That’s why we’ve organized a list of the most affordable forestry bachelor’s programs.

#School NameAverage In-state Tuition% Undergraduate Students Receiving AidAverage Amount of AidTypeState
1 University of Massachusetts Amherst $1,71465%$8,255PublicMassachusetts
2 New Mexico Highlands University $2,65374%$5,127PublicNew Mexico
3 University of Arkansas at Monticello $3,96073%$6,731PublicArkansas
4 University of Florida $4,42589%$5,940PublicFlorida
5 The University of Montana $4,60361%$4,806PublicMontana
6 Stephen F Austin State University $4,60567%$6,210PublicTexas
7 Utah State University $4,67653%$5,664PublicUtah
8 Louisiana Tech University $4,77763%$6,699PublicLouisiana
9 Texas A & M University-College Station $5,29756%$7,933PublicTexas
10 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo $5,47237%$7,643PublicCalifornia
11 Humboldt State University $5,47256%$9,276PublicCalifornia
12 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry $5,57058%$5,415PublicNew York
13 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry $5,57058%$5,415PublicNew York
14 Alabama A & M University $5,59281%$7,414PublicAlabama
15 Southern University and A & M College $5,81292%$6,779PublicLouisiana
16 University of Nevada-Reno $6,10565%$5,064PublicNevada
17 Mississippi State University $6,26477%$6,216PublicMississippi
18 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point $6,29850%$4,579PublicWisconsin
19 Southern Illinois University Carbondale $7,63566%$8,476PublicIllinois
20 University of Georgia $7,64682%$7,443PublicGeorgia
21 The University of Tennessee $7,80276%$7,038PublicTennessee
22 University of Missouri-Columbia $8,08262%$6,584PublicMissouri
23 University of Maine $8,37067%$8,052PublicMaine
24 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University $9,18759%$8,524PublicVirginia
25 Washington State University $10,87456%$9,127PublicWashington
26 University of California-Davis $11,22070%$14,860PublicCalifornia
27 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities $12,06055%$6,789PublicMinnesota
28 Michigan Technological University $13,09583%$9,050PublicMichigan
29 Michigan State University $13,21153%$8,859PublicMichigan
30 University of Vermont $13,34472%$12,374PublicVermont

TOP PROFESSORS

Best of the Best: The Top Forestry Instructors in the Nation

Students in any field should want to learn from the best, but especially if they're protecting the wilderness and other people through forestry. These professors from around the country have proven their worth in the forestry field. Whether award recipients or known for their years of service, these instructors are top-notch.

1. Mark D. Needham

Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society Graduate Students’ Award for Outstanding Faculty for 2013

Oregon State University College of Forestry, OREGON

Dr. Needham is the Gene D. Knudson Chair in Forestry Education at OSU’s College of Forestry. He is a previous recipient of the College of Forestry Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Professor.

2. Peter B. Reich

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Dept. of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, MINNESOTA

Dr. Reich is Distinguished McKnight University Professor and F.B. Hubachek, Sr. Chair in Forest Ecology and Tree Physiology at Minnesota. He researches the impacts of climate change, pollution, biotic invasion, and land-use practices on the sustainability of forest and grassland ecosystems.

3. Dan Klooster

Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholarship

University of Redlands, CALIFORNIA

Dr. Klooster’s research focuses on community forestry and forest certification in Latin America. He is a recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to study biodiversity conservation in Mexico

4. Nicolas P. Zegre

Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities

West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, WEST VIRGINIA

Dr. Zegre is Assistant Professor of Forest Hydrology at West Virginia University. His research involves the study of land use, forest-harvesting practices and climate change on watershed and forest hydrology.

5. Kenneth Farrish

Arnold Distinguished Professor

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University, TEXAS

Dr. Farris is Director of the Division of Environmental Science at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. His research focuses on soil ecology and forest productivity, vegetation management and forest root system enhancement.

6. Bob Izlar

Named Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. University of Georgia, GEORGIA

Izlar is Director Center for Forest Business at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. His research interests are in forest policy analysis, Okefenokee Swamp natural history, and financial engineering

7. Patricia DeCoursey

South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award

University of South Carolina, SOUTH CAROLINA

Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at South Carolina, Dr. DeCoursey, has served as Director of the W. Gordon Belser Arboretum since 2006. Her research interests include chronobiology and environmental time cycles.

8. David Haskell

2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies

Sewanee: The University of the South, TENNESSEE

Dr. Haskell, Professor of Biology, is author of The Forest Unseen, the winner of 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award and finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction. He and his students are researching the impact of exurban housing on bird and invertebrate communities in towns and forests.

9. James Martin

Early Career Achievement Award

Mississippi State University, MISSISSIPPI

Dr. Martin is an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management at Mississippi State. His research focuses on Gallinaceous birds and environmental effects on songbirds in land use practice.

10. Hou-min Chang

Fellow of the International Academy of Science

Department of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University, NORTH CAROLINA

Dr. Chang’s research interests are in the fields of in pulp and paper mill pollution abatement, chemical processing of wood, and the chemistry of lignin. He is a TAPPI Fellow.

11. Robert Warren

2013 Excellence in Wildlife Education Award, The Wildlife Society

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. University of Georgia, GEORGIA

Dr. Warren, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at Warnell, leads courses in wildlife ecology and management at Warnell. His research delves into the management of wildlife populations in urban and suburban areas.

12. Scott Enebak

2013 Christen Teaching Award

Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, ALABAMA

Dr. Enebak, Mosley Environmental Professor, has an expertise in the use of herbicides and environmental impact. He researches Rhizobacteria for uses in growth promotion and disease control.

13. John R Seiler

Named: The Honorable and Mrs. Shelton H. Short Professor of Forestry

Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, VIRGINIA

Dr. Seiler is a Tree Physiology Specialist with research interests in the stress effects on woody plant physiology caused by man-made and natural pollutants. He is a former recipient of the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence on Teaching, Learning and Technology.

14. Martin F. Jurgensen

Society of American Foresters Carl Alwin Schenck Award

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Tech, MICHIGAN

Dr. Jurgensen, Research Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, focuses his teaching and research on soil management as the key component in maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. He earned his PhD in Soil Science (Microbiology) at North Carolina State University.

15. David L. Evans

Sharp Professor of Forestry

Mississippi State University, MISSISSIPPI

Dr. Evans conducts research into positioning and remote sensing systems in the field of measurement and special technology. He earned a Ph.D., Forest Management/Remote Sensing, at Louisiana State University.

16. Michael A Steele

Innovative Teaching Award

Wilkes University, PENNSYLVANIA

Dr. Steele is Professor of Biology and H. Fenner Chair of Research Biology at Wilkes. His research interests include seed dispersal and predation, evolutionary ecology and herbivore-plant interactions.

17. Christopher E. Comer

Teaching Excellence Award

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University, TEXAS

Dr. Comer, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management at Arthur Temple College, teaches courses in wildlife management, forest habitat management, and urban wildlife management. In 2014, he will lead a course on Wildlife Management in the Smokey Mountains.

18. Lindi J. Quackenbush

ESF College Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in Teaching

State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, NEW YORK

Dr. Quackenbush, Associate Professor, specializes in remote sensing and geographic information systems. Her graduate and undergraduate courses include surveying and engineering design.

19. Kern Ewing

Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award

University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, WASHINGTON

Dr. Ewing leads courses in wetland plant ecology and restoration ecology. His research includes studies on Elwah River forest ecosystem in northwest Washington following the removal of a major dam system.

20. Thomas Kuzmic

NACTA Southern Regional Outstanding Teaching Award

Natural Resource Ecology & Management, Oklahoma State University, OKLAHOMA

Dr. Kuzmic, Professor and Director of Forestry Camp, was named Outstanding Faculty Study Abroad Leader for 2012. He leads a forestry research trip to Ecuador each year.

21. Eric Olson

2013 Charles Johnson Maynard Award from the Newton Conservators

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, MASSACHUSETTS

Dr. Olson, a Senior Lecturer, teaches in the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program, focusing on promoting basic scientific literacy to adult learners. He has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

22. Thomas Fox

Stephen Spurr Award for Forestry Research

Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, VIRGINIA

Dr. Fox is Professor of Forest Soils and Silviculture at Virginia Tech. His research areas include Forest fertilization, tree nutrition, silviculture of hardwoods and pines, and environmental sustainability in forest management

23. Eric J. Jokela

Southeastern Society of American Foresters Award of Excellence for Research and Development

University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation, FLORIDA

Dr. Jokela joined the faculty in 1984 and holds teaching and research responsibilities in forest nutrition and silviculture. He has served as Co-Director of the Forest Biology Research Cooperative since 1995.

24. William D. Nordhaus

Harwood F. Byrnes/Richard B. Sewall Teaching Prize

Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, CONNECTICUT

Sterling Professor of Economics and Professor in the Yale University School of Forestry, Dr. Nordhaus is a former Yale provost. He recently led a Panel of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and has served NAS research on issues including Nuclear and Alternative Energy Systems and Implications for Science and Society of Abrupt Climate Change.

25. Burnell C. Fischer

IUB Office of Sustainability Research Award to Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group

School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, INDIANA

Dr. Fischer, Clinical Professor, is Co-director of The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana. He served as State Forester and Director of the Division of Forestry of the Indiana DNR and is a recipient of the NASF Burney Fischer Current Achievement Award in Urban Forestry.

CAREER SALARY TOOL

Los Angeles 2010 MEDIAN PAY $62,300 per year $30 per hour Redding 2010 MEDIAN PAY $70,450 per year $34 per hour