Land management of forests and parks

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Leeann Reid '13

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The Parks and Forest Resources degree prepares students with a comprehensive look at land management, with particular attention to forests and parks.

B.S. in Parks and Forest Resources

At Unity, you will gain a strong foundational knowledge of resource and visitor management practices utilized in the governmental, nonprofit and for profit sectors. Students will integrate the sciences with resource management, planning, policy, and administrative skills to be informed stewards of our natural resources.

With heavy emphasis on experiential and outdoor learning, rigorous studies at all levels of resource managemebt, and small lab sections taught by nationally recognized professors, our program will prepare you to solve the world’s most pressing environmental problems.

Program Highlights

 

What You Will Study

Many courses in the Parks and Forest Resources program integrate other disciplines for cross-study purposes, helping you to consider solutions to human-natural systems in your coursework. As a student in our program, you will gain the fine-tuned skills and knowledge to become an experienced environmental problem-solver.

In addition to liberal arts foundation courses from our Environmental Citizen Curriculum, you will have the opportunity to study and specialize in park and forest resource planning, Interpretation of natural and cultural heritage sites, visitor management, wildland fire management and science, natural resource policy, and North American wildlife. 

Many courses have an outdoor lab component in which you’ll learn in various nearby natural settings and then continue the learning process in the lab using modern equipment and technology.

Parks and Forest Resources program course sheet (PDF)

Careers in Parks and Forest Resources

As a parks and forest resources graduate from Unity, you’ll have a wide range of career options available to you. These include working as park managers, park rangers, backcountry rangers, law enforcement rangers, interpretive naturalists, outdoor recreation specialists, part superintndents, wildland firefighters, Maine guides, forest rangers, trails consultants, foresters, and executive directors of non-profit organizations. 

They work for the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, the Corp of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, state park and forest agencies, local and regional parks and land management agencies. 

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Our accomplished faculty are dedicated to helping you drive real change through leading-edge knowledge and expertise. 

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To learn more about our academic programs and discuss your areas of interest, contact Unity College Admissions. We look forward to hearing from you!