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Sustainable Forest Management Graduate Major (MF, MS, PhD, MAIS)

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College of Forestry | Forest Engineering, Resources and Management


Graduate Areas of Concentration

Engineering for sustainable forestry; forest biometrics and geomatics; forest operations planning and management; forest policy analysis and management; forest watershed management; silviculture, fire, and forest health

The Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) graduate program emphasizes the conservation of forest-dominated landscapes to meet a defined set of ecological, economic and social criteria over long time frames. The program follows the sustainable principles outlined by the Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators. These principles have been adopted by the state of Oregon.

The program provides a strong grounding in the principles and techniques of active management of forests to improve forest health and condition while producing a full range of products and ecosystems services. It consists of a common core in the principles and criteria of sustainable forest management; statistics for design and interpretation of experiments; and specialization in one of six areas of concentration. The MF degree requires a project, MS a thesis, and PhD a dissertation.

Areas of Concentration


Engineering for Sustainable Forestry—Designing forest operations to achieve sustainable forest management objectives; ecological restoration operations; road design and construction. Supporting course work often draws from forest transportation systems, forest hydrology, forest geomatics, forest road engineering, forest road management, water quality and forest land use, forest operations analysis, production planning, strategic and tactical planning, harvest design, forest operations regulations and policy issues, advanced logging mechanics, harvesting management, wildland fire ecology, forest policy analysis, advanced silviculture, forest wildlife habitat management, remote sensing, advanced GIS applications in forestry, forest erosion processes, mathematical programming, heuristics for combinatorial optimization, economics of the forest resource, human resources management, and human factors engineering. Contacts: P. Adams, Boston, Chung, Leshchinsky, Segura, Sessions, Skaugset

Forest Biometrics and Geomatics—Modeling tree and stand development; forest data sampling and monitoring methods; forest measurements and assessments; mapping and data management technologies. Supporting course work often draws from forest biometrics, forest geomatics, forest models, statistical methods, advanced aerial photos and remote sensing, advanced GIS applications in forestry, forest policy analysis, advanced silviculture, digital image processing, advanced GIS applications in the geosciences, photogrammetry, aerial and terrestrial LiDAR applications. Contacts: Hailemariam, Hilker, Maguire, Wing

Forest Operations Planning and Management—Planning, organizing, and executing forest plans; enhancing supply chain efficiency and improving international competitiveness. Supporting course work often draws from tactical and operational planning, forestry supply chain management, forest geomatics, production planning, forest transportation systems, forest operations regulations and policy analysis, heuristics for combinatorial optimization, mathematical programming, advanced GIS applications in forestry, economics of the forestry resource, forest wildlife habitat management, industrial systems optimization, statistical methods, forest products marketing, forest biometrics, forest modeling, lean systems manufacturing, advanced production planning and control, human resources management, and organizational management. Contacts: Boston, Chung, Kellogg, Sessions

Forest Policy Analysis and Management—Analyzing tradeoffs in the forest and resource policy decision process; public land use policy; interpretations of regulations; markets for forest products; forest certification; theoretical and applied research related to ecosystem services. Supporting course work often draws from natural resource policy and law, economics of the forest resource, spatial analysis of forested landscapes, economic theory, applied econometrics, environmental economics, markets and prices in the forest sector, valuation of non-market resources, analytic techniques for forest managers, mathematical programming, heuristics for combinatorial optimization; and work in other fields to support thesis or dissertation research. This area of concentration is jointly sponsored by FERM, the Applied Economics Graduate Program and the Applied Economics Department. Contacts: Latta, Maness, Montgomery, White

Forest Watershed Management—Understanding watershed conditions and processes in forested ecosystems and the effects of management activities; evaluating and improving soil and water quality and related practices and policies for forest operations. Supporting course work often draws from forest hydrology, stream ecology, mineral-organic matter interactions, physics of soil ecosystems, biology of soil ecosystems, geochemistry of soil ecosystems, soil morphology and classification, limnology, water quality and forest land use, forest erosion processes, hillslope and watershed hydrology, forest transportation systems, forest operations regulations and policy issues, harvesting management, forest policy analysis, physiology of woody plants, design and analysis of experiments, statistical methods, riparian ecology and management, groundwater hydraulics, groundwater modeling, sediment transport, water quality dynamics, principles of stable isotopes, advanced chemical processes in soil systems, advanced soil biology and biochemistry, advanced soil genesis and classification. Contacts: P. Adams, Bladon, Hatten, Segura, Skaugset

Silviculture, Fire, and Forest Health—Manipulating vegetation to achieve management objectives, from restoration to intensive timber production; fire ecology and fire management; forest ecosystem health. Supporting course work often draws from advanced silviculture, advanced GIS applications in forestry, forest biometrics, forest modeling, economics of the forest resource, wildland fire science and management, ecological restoration, forest policy analysis, statistical methods, sampling methods, forest hydrology, watershed quality and forest land use, forest insect and disease management, natural resource data analysis, advanced forest community ecology, wildland fire ecology, biology of invasive plants, forest wildlife habitat management, physiology of woody plants, global change ecology, ecosystem analysis and application, weed management, and wildlife ecology. Contacts: Bailey, Fitzgerald, Maguire, Powers, Rose, Shaw

Students choose their specialization during their first year of study. Programs are often interdisciplinary, drawing from a wide range of departments on campus. Incoming students without a prior degree in forestry management are usually required to undertake an additional set of forestry core courses.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University is internationally known for its excellent teaching, research and Extension faculty and programs, including the 11,500 acre McDonald/Dunn Research Forest within a few minutes drive from campus. Emphasis is on Pacific Northwest conditions, but graduates are actively serving in many regions of the world. The department maintains close ties with industry, appropriate government agencies, and academic centers nationally and internationally. More detailed information, including sample curricula, can be found in the graduate advising guide on our website at http://ferm.forestry.oregonstate.edu/sites/ferm.forestry.oregonstate.edu/files/Grad%20SFM%20Advising%20Guide%20December2013.pdf.





Major Code: 1090

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