Forest Technology

Welcome!

Live and learn both the contemporary and traditional methods of forestry in the Forest Technology Program.  You'll study forest habitats, learn how to manage sustainable forests, and take a tree from woodland to product - learning to harvest, mill and sell forest products.  You'll also gain skills in surveying and mapping, forest inventory, forest pest control and forest products recovery. 

As a graduate and Forest Technician, you will be a steward of the forest, one of our most valuable natural resources. Trees are an important part of the New Hampshire landscape and bring many tourists to the Granite state. They provide lumber for building construction, heat to fuel our homes and other important wood products. Forest Technicians are proud to play a vital role in managing and sustaining our important forest resources.


Forest Technician

As a Forest Technology student you can:

  • Develop valuable jobs skills in just 2 years
  • Be challenged both mentally and physically
  • Learn to manage and sustain New England's important forest resource in UNH's 3000 acres of certified Tree Farm
  • Become a steward of the forest, a very valuable and beautiful natural resource
  • Balance forest conservation with wise use
  • Study a broad range of topics from urban tree care to forest fire control and use
  • Use GIS and GPS technologies (Geographic Information Systems & Global Positioning Systems)
  • Participate in a summer internship where you can enjoy great opportunities for jobs in forestry after your first year in school
  • Be on a first name basis with your faculty members
  • Spend a week at the end of each academic year on a road trip visiting a variety of forestry related operations
  • Have the opportunity to become a licensed forester in New Hampshire
  • Study two hours outside for every hour spent in an inside lecture
  • Consider continuing study at UNH to earn a 4-year degree
  • Explore primary processing of forest products in the new UNH Sawmill
  • Share the same life and college experiences with other UNH students

The Thompson School Forest Technology Program is:

  • Part of a small 2-year school located on a 4-year land grant University campus
  • Accredited by the Society of American Foresters
  • Located in New Hampshire, the most forested state in the lower 48 (http://nhpr.org/post/usda-nh-most-forested-state-union)
  • Well connected to the forest industries of the region

Admissions Requirements:

Students interested in the Forest Technology Program must have at least 2 years each of satisfactory work in college preparatory mathematics and sciences.  One of the science courses should be Biology with a lab.