The mission of the program is to produce graduates that will have the knowledge, analytical skills, and abilities to fill employer needs for the wood industries, consulting firms, and government agencies involved with the management of timberland, marketing of timber, and manufacturing of wood products.
- The program will maintain specialized accreditation by the Society of American Foresters.
- The program will strive to incorporate the most technologically-advanced forestry techniques into its curriculum.
- The program will work to improve its retention and graduation rates.
- The program will ensure that graduates achieve the learning objectives of the program.
- Graduates will have the educational background to achieve the experience necessary to be a Registered Forest Technician in West Virginia.
ObjectivesA graduate of this program will:
- Be able to identify and name woody plant and animal members of the forest community and understand their biological and ecological functions.
- Prescribe silviculture practices to meet landowner objectives such as tree plantings, thinnings, forest regeneration, invasive species control and prescribed fire.
- Measure the volume and value of standing timber and be able to grade trees, logs and lumber.
- Understand the role of fires, insects, and diseases in the forests and recommend actions for the protection of forest resources.
- Be able to interpret imagery and utilize geospatial technology for cartography and analysis.
- Develop and prescribe forest and wildlife management plans to meet forest landowner objectives such as timber production, wildlife and fish habitat, aesthetics, and recreation.
- Be able to utilize courthouse records, contracts, maps, and proper timber harvesting techniques in order to plan and supervise timber harvests for private and public clients.