Letter from the Head

Mike KilgoreThis August, I was honored to be appointed by CFANS Dean Brian Buhr as the Head of the Department of Forest Resources. The amazing faculty, staff and students make my job incredibly enjoyable and rewarding. The support of friends and stakeholders also make me excited to serve in this new role.

In my first month as Head, the Department underwent review by an accreditation team from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) to assess our undergraduate curriculum, specifically the Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation and Urban and Community Forestry tracks in our Forest and Natural Resource Management (FNRM) major. As one of the nation’s oldest forestry programs, the U of M’s forestry curriculum has been continuously accredited since 1935. The feedback we received from the review team during their visit was extremely positive, and I am confident that they found our program exceeding the standards for continued accreditation. During their visit, the review team met with faculty, staff, students, employers, alumni and stakeholders, among others. The review team commented on how engaged our faculty and staff are with land managers, landowners and policymakers in addressing forest and natural resource issues in the state and beyond. I could not agree more. As you will see in this issue of the newsletter, the Department of Forest Resources exemplifies the Land Grant Mission through its teaching, research and outreach.