Forest Restoration & Fire

Associate of Science Degree

Articulated with Oregon State University

Forest Landscape ProcessesProgram Mission

The Forest Restoration and Fire option prepares students with skills needed to engage in forest disturbance management and processes including wildfire, landslides, insects and disease.

Program Description

Graduates will have the knowledge and the skillset to incorporate natural processes, including disturbance, into active forest management planning. Disturbance processes are important considerations in any actively managed forest, regardless of the specific management objective.

Progam Outcomes

This UCC program aligns with the programs offered through the OSU College of Forestry Program. UCC students that complete the Forest Restoration & Fire AS degree will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of active adaptive management on forested landscapes when outcomes are uncertain
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the management of ecosystems in an era of rapid change including change in climate patterns, land use patterns, and political and social institutions
  3. Demonstrate understanding of forest ecology and silviculture principles to understand how forests and forested watersheds respond to natural disturbances or management activities
  4. Develop skills in geospatial analysis, basic surveying, mapping, and GIS
  5. Demonstrate ability to measure and inventory forest vegetation with precision and accuracy

Oregon State University

OSU Degree Partnership Program

UCC works closely with Oregon State University (OSU) so that students can dual-enroll, pursue any degree that OSU offers, reap cost savings, and benefit from access to more scholarships and services. Learn more.

Special Features

Forestry students can expect to get lots of hand-on experience. Every term, students participate in approximately 10 field trips. On a weekly basis, classes are outdoors in the field. The 100-acre UCC campus and surrounding public and private lands serve as a field lab for students. Students interact with Forestry professionals regularly which gives them real-world perspectives and experiences. Additionally, topics in classroom and field work include modern approaches to Forestry including, GIS mapping, GPS techniques, and drone use in forest monitoring and renewal. 

Wade Christensen video

Wade Christensen, a Special Forces military veteran, opted to go to UCC and study Forestry. After graduating, he moved on to Oregon State University were he recently earned a Masters degree.

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Forestry programs.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Career Considerations

Forest Restoration and Fire graduates may become professional foresters, field technicians, wildland firefighters, fire ecologists, forest pathologists, or entomologists.

Transfer Guide

Oregon State University

The Forest Landscape Processes curriculum is intended to meet the requirements for the first two years of coursework necessary for application to the professional program in the College of Forestry – Restoration & Fire Option at OSU.

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