Over a century ago, when the University's forestry program began, Minnesota's natural resources looked vastly different than now. As time passed, the demands placed on these resources have increased dramatically, and critical issues, such as climate change, energy, invasive species, the economy, have emerged to challenge us in new and complex ways. Mindful of these changes, the Department of Forest Resources has been continually evolving. See the 2014 Department of Forest Resources Strategic Plan (.pdf)
Our undergraduate and graduate education programs are consistently ranked among the top in the nation. Research within the department focuses on the development, integration, and translation of knowledge crucial to effective policies and practices. Outreach programs bring this knowledge to Minnesotans where they live and work.
The Department of Forest Resources will continue, as it has for over a hundred years, to fulfill its role in education, research, and outreach to advance the science and management of our forest and related natural resources. Please let us know if we can help with any questions your may have. We especially encourage prospective students and advisors.