The Forestry Management Associate of Science (AS) degree and Certificate of Achievement will increase the opportunity for students to learn strategies and develop skills to protect and repair ecosystems after disturbances including factors such as fire, climate, pollution and drought. This degree will enable students to enhance their understanding of Wildland Fire Prevention, Forest Health, Forest Ecology, Dendrology, and Climate Change as well as enriching understanding of Forest Management with introductory concepts of local California Indigenous Natural Resource stewardship. Concepts and practices learned from this area of study can help decrease the spread and intensity of wildfires thus decreasing destruction of large ecosystems and protecting these areas and the people that inhabit these areas.
This degree meets training requirements leading to occupations such as Forest and Conservation Technicians and Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists with Federal, Tribal, State and Private Agencies. Additionally, the degree also provides a pathway for transfer and continuation onto Bachelor level Forestry degree programs to pursue occupations such as Foresters and Conservation Scientists.
Upon successful completion of the program student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of forest ecology and understand how forests respond to natural disturbances or management activities.
2. Understand the use of fire in management of natural resources.
3. Develop quantitative and qualitative skills for data collection, analysis and interpretation for forest ecology and management.
4. Develop an understanding of forestry products and be able to evaluate typical financial investments in forestry.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of forest conservation, forest ecology, and resource management conflicts and solutions from multiple perspectives ranging from private landowners to industry and public lands.
6. Effectively analyze and integrate the social and natural sciences to understand diverse challenges to forest management and conservation
7. Understand operational considerations while working under the Incident Command system during wildland fires.
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