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 is committed to fostering an environment that respects the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to be broadly inclusive in carrying out our teaching, research, and service mission by offering access, opportunity and scholarship for traditionally underserved groups as well as our traditional stakeholders. In December, 2017 FR completed a year-long effort to develop a plan for increasing diversity and inclusion within the department. The plan identifies several goals, objectives, and strategies for increasing diversity and inclusion the following five areas: teaching, students, faculty/staff, engagement, and research.
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.