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WSU re-establishes updated major in Forestry

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University is re-establishing a new, updated major in forestry that will begin admitting students in the fall of 2015. The recently established WSU School of the Environment will offer the program in Pullman.

Forest“We already are advising students interested in pursuing this degree,” said Keith Blatner, professor of forest economics and program leader for forestry in the School of the Environment. “We have revamped and refreshed the curriculum to give our students a strong foundation in science with an emphasis on forest ecosystems. Our graduates will be field ready with a strong background in forest measurements and sampling.”

Blatner said WSU would begin immediately to seek accreditation from the Society of American Foresters. Many employers require new employees to graduate from an accredited program.

The Washington Legislature instructed that the forestry major be re-established as part of WSU’s 2013-2015 biennial budget. The major had been phased out in 2011 as part of institutional budget reductions.

More information is available at http://soe.wsu.edu.