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The Forest Resources Technology program prepares students for immediate employment in forestry related industries.  The educational program in Forest Resources Technology that leads to the Associate of Applied Science is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).

Program Mission:

The Mission of the Forest Resources Technology Program is to provide graduates with an education in fundamental forestry knowledge, applied field-based skills, and professional and ethical behavior in order to be successful professionals assisting in the management of forested ecosystems for a diverse set of landscape objectives which promote environmental, social, and economic values of forests.

Program Goals:

To support our Mission, the Goals of the Forest Resources Technology Program are to:

  • Attract and retain well-qualified and motivated students.
  • Educate students to be proactive, problem-solving leaders in the field of forestry and associated communities.
  • Produce graduates with the technical forestry knowledge and ethical and professional skills to support the values and objectives of our changing society.
  • Provide faculty development and increased effectiveness in forestry technical education through active involvement with local, regional and national forest communities via outreach, continued professional education, and service to the community and college.


Forest Resources Technology Program-level Outcomes:

Our program equips graduates to be able to:

  1. Identify, describe and apply ecosystem management techniques for diverse forest management objectives; including fire resiliency, forest restoration, riparian and wildlife protection, timber production, and silvicultural prescriptions.
  2. Identify biological, abiotic, and cultural ecosystems to facilitate natural resources management.
  3. Use mapping tools for navigation, planning, implementation of forest management.
  4. Enter data into multiple programs and analyze data into useful outputs.
  5. Disseminate information effectively to diverse audiences using verbal communication, written documentation, and appropriate digital media.
  6. Demonstrate key attributes and ethical practices of a natural resources professional.
  7. Collect, quantify, and present information or data to promote informed decision making in natural resource management according to current and appropriate social, cultural, environmental, and economic needs and values.

Student Success
Visit Student Success by Program Reports to view success rate information for the Forest Resources Technology program. Choose "Forest Resources Tech/Forestry" as the subject area.

Our students benefit from:

  • Actual field work with hands on instruction
  • Individual and personal instruction in small class groups
  • Knowledgeable and accessible instructors with real-life experience
  • Field trips, outdoor labs and outdoor classrooms
  • Practical skills and applications in a broad based forestry program
  • Computer fundamentals

Required courses include the following areas of study:

  • Forest Ecology
  • Dendrology
  • Forest Stand Dynamics
  • Survey of Northwest Wildlife
  • Soils and Watershed Processes
  • Resource Sampling
  • Forest Survey
  • Siviculture & Harvesting

Career pathways is a system developed to help guide students toward specific professional goals by providing a defined list of courses offering expert training. The various courses help lead students to completion certificates and/or degrees that identify the student as being qualified to work in a particular field. View COCC Forestry Career Pathways.

Regional Employment Projections from the State of Oregon Employment Department indicates a 2.5% increase for Forest and Conservation Technicians for Crook/Deschutes/Jefferson Counties from 2.


For specific information regarding the Forestry Resources Technology program, please contact:

Rebecca Franklin (Program Director) at 541-330-4378 or  

Ron Boldenow at 541-383-7754 or

Bret Michalski at 541-383-7756 or

Laura Cain (Administrative Assistant) at