Welcome to the School of Forest Resources
As one of the oldest and most respected forest resource programs in the country, our faculty and students are at the forefront of innovative education and research in managing forests, protecting landscapes, and meeting society’s ever-growing and diverse needs from the forest.
Our Vision: The School is recognized as a national leader in integrating research and teaching to enhance sustainable working forests that contribute to the economic, social and cultural well-being of our citizens.
Our Mission: The Mission of the School of Forest Resources is to provide excellence in education, research, and public service that promotes the understanding, efficient use, and sustainable management of forest resources for the well-being of the people of Maine, the United States, and the World.
In 1902 the Maine legislature granted money for “public education in forestry.” The $2,500 they granted was managed by the forest commissioner of the state and was used to start a Department of Forestry at the University of Maine. The first year of the program Samuel Newton Spring, a fresh graduate of Yale University, became the first professor of Forestry at the University of Maine. From 1910 to 1919 the department saw huge increases in enrollment until the first World War. Following the war, enrollments increased once again..
College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, & Agriculture
The College has a three-part mission-education, research, and service-that covers a range of areas within the natural sciences, forestry and agriculture. We offer 23 undergraduate majors, 14 Ph.D. programs, 20 M.S. degree programs, and five master of professional studies programs that provide students with a wide range of educational opportunities. Our more than 150 faculty are involved in cutting-edge research in areas ranging from molecular biology to agricultural production, from marine policy to sustainable forestry, from wildlife management to community development, to name but a few.