Why study Forest Resources Technology and Forestry?

Set in the unique ecosystem of Central Oregon, the COCC Forestry Technology program offers students a hands-on, well-rounded education in forestry and natural resources, where field studies take place in varied outdoor learning labs. From wildlife and forest pathology to conservation and fire science, the course topics connect a broad spectrum of skills and scientific material, with instructors bringing distinct academic specialties into the classroom. Work-study positions and industry networking opportunities help elevate new skills into practical career starters. With an on-site arboretum amid a 200-acre wooded campus, an extensive herbarium, a fully equipped lab, and quick access to nearby forests and separate ecosystems, the program, accredited by the Society of American Foresters, has the resources to support and inspire futures in the field of forestry. 

"You can travel the West with a career in Forestry."

Rebecca Franklin, Program Director and Associate Professor, Forestry Technology

"COCC's Forestry program provides students with opportunities to learn from both academics and professionals in the field, and to build knowledge of forestry concepts through direct experience. The program produces graduates with exceptional ecological understanding and knowledge, who can think critically about ecological questions. Students who go through the COCC Forestry program leave with both the academic foundation and the inspiration to succeed in further education, such as a four-year degree at OSU-Cascades, and to develop successful careers in natural resources." — Lauren Monk, program manager, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council 


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Program-Specific Information

The Forestry discipline provides courses and programs to prepare students for immediate employment into forestry-related industries, transfer to a baccalaureate program in forestry or natural resources, or advancement in current forestry or natural resource careers.


Society of American Foresters (SAF) logo

The Forest Resources Technology - Associate of Applied Science program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.



Forest Resources Technology/Forestry careers.

Explore career paths in forest resources technology and forestry.

Career Paths In Forestry


Student stories

Testimonials from Forestry students and graduates.

Student and Alumni Stories


Instructor Bret Michalski working with student

Learn about faculty backgrounds and expertise.

Faculty Profiles


Natural, Industrial, and Culinary Resources Department
Department Directory

Rebecca Franklin
Program Director, Forest Resources Technology/Forestry
Assistant Professor II Forest Resources Technology

Wayne Yeatman
Chair of Natural, Industrial, and Culinary Resources
Associate Professor Culinary

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