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What is Cal Forestry?

The Forestry Major

The Forestry Major aims at educating men and women to work as experts in the management and conservation of forest ecosystems. It is a professional degree program accredited by the Society of American Foresters and is approved for Professional Forester’s licensing in California. Forestry is an important field that is dedicated to the care and maintenance of forests today and for generations to come. Also, because foresters act under constantly changing political pressures, students are taught to be proficient in historical and current policy issues. The major offers students the opportunities to fully understand the biophysical, social, and economic connections between the sustainability and conservation of wood products, watersheds, wildlife habitat, forest landscapes, outdoor recreation, and other desired environmental benefits. The program also offers students unique opportunities to participate in research with faculty as interns in labs and field research projects. These interactions lead to valuable experience for students wanting to go on to graduate study, positions in forest research, and a multitude of other exciting career possibilities.

What do Foresters DO?

Research and Management activities in: • Wildland Fire • Wildfire control and prescription burning • Grassland and Woodland • Urban Forestry • Watershed policy and science • Wildlife • Environmental advocacy and conservation • Ecological Restoration • Forestry • Tropical Ecology and Forestry

Courses Offered

ESPM 102A: Terrestrial Ecology
ESPM 102B: Natural Resource Sampling
ESPM 102C: Resource Management
ESPM 102D: Resource & Environment Policy
ESPM 108A: Tree Taxonomy
ESPM 120: Soil Characteristics
ESPM 134: Fire, Insects and Disease
ESPM 182: Forest Operations Management
ESPM 183: Forest Ecosystem Management
ESPM 185: Silviculture