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Forest Management

Forest Management 

Forest ManagementKey Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

Sound forestry practices are more important today than ever before. Responsible and sustainable management of renewable resources and the environment during a time of increasing demand for forestry goods and services represents a tremendous challenge to today’s foresters.

Issues in forest management, forest ecology, reforestation, and reclamation are central to Hocking’s Forest Management program.

 

As a forest technician, your responsibilities will include collection and interpretation of forest data, documentation of environmental conditions, prescribing and implementing forest management practices, checking contract compliance, and supervision of field crews.

The program combines a solid academic background with extensive field training. Classroom work is followed by field experience in the safe use of tools and equipment as well as conducting forest inventories, planting trees, wildland fire fighting, and trips to area forestry institutions and businesses.


The Hocking College Forest Management program is SAF (Society of American Foresters) accredited.

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Forest Management:

  • Identifies species of trees using individual characteristics, dichotomous keys and site information
  • Applies knowledge of forest ecology, including plant succession, soils, environmental protection, weather/climate influences, and relations of trees to other organisms
  • Practices sound silviculture and reforestation techniques
  • Protects and enhances wooded environments with fire control and use
  • Uses knowledge of the impact of, and methods for controlling insects, diseases and animals
  • Correctly uses equipment and techniques to perform forest and tree measurements to complete a forest inventory
  • Correctly performs land surveys, aerial photo interpretation, and map interpretation
  • Uses effective harvesting techniques, including safe and environmentally sound operation of equipment
  • Collects and analyzes data toward the development and implementation of a project
  • Implements sound forest management plans with an understanding of multiple use principles and awareness of forest products utilization
  • Demonstrates proactive supervision and inspection skills for compliance and enforcement of forest management practices /projects
  • Practices business management and marketing techniques to set targets/goals for cost effective forest management

 

Additional Outcomes

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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Applied Science in Forest Management

Total Credit Hours:
64.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$3,097.00

Class Hours: 26.5
Lab Hours: 75.0

Total Credit Hours:
64.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$2,847.00

Class Hours: 26.5
Lab Hours: 75.0

 

Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  FOR-1100 Forestry Careers 0.00 2.00 1.00 $100.00
  FOR-1132 Forest Products Utilization 0.00 3.00 1.50 $100.00
  FOR-1125 Forest Soils 1.00 2.00 2.00 $100.00
  FOR-1109 Dendrology 1.00 0.00 1.00 $40.00
  FOR-1109L Dendrology Lab 0.00 4.00 2.00 $140.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  EM-1108 Basic Life Support (CPR) / Basic First Aid 0.00 3.00 1.00 $200.00
  THTC-1101 Introduction to Timber Harvest/Tree Care 1.00 6.00 3.00 $250.00
  MATH-1113 College Algebra 4.00 0.00 4.00 $132.00
    Totals 8.00 20.00 16.50 $1,142.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  FOR-1123 Forest Measurements 1.00 4.00 3.00 $110.00
  FOR-1112 Forestland Navigation and Mapping 1.00 4.00 3.00 $100.00
  FOR-1124 Forest Ecology 0.50 3.00 2.00 $90.00
  FOR-2219 Reforestation & Pesticide Applications 1.00 3.00 2.50 $160.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
    Totals 7.50 14.00 14.50 $510.00

  COURSE NO. SUMMER SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRM-2296 Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
    Totals 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  FOR-2220 Applied Silviculture 1.00 5.00 3.50 $110.00
  FOR-2221 Wildland and Prescribed Fire 1.00 4.00 3.00 $140.00
  FOR-2226 Forest Operations 1.00 2.00 2.00 $100.00
  WLM-2215L Wildlife Management Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $110.00
  GEO-1104 Introduction to GPS and GIS 1.00 4.00 3.00 $300.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
    Totals 7.00 18.00 16.00 $800.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  FOR-2230 Forest Management (Capstone) 1.00 4.00 3.00 $150.00
  BIOS-1132 Field Biology 0.50 0.00 0.50 $10.00
  BIOS-1132L Field Biology Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $85.00
  FOR-2205 Forest Issues and Policy 1.00 2.00 2.00 $90.00
  FOR-2210 Forest Mensuration 1.00 4.00 3.00 $110.00
  FOR-1131 Forest Entomology and Pathology 0.50 3.00 2.00 $100.00
  *** Social Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
    Totals 4.00 16.00 15.00 $545.00
FIRST SEMESTER
Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 20.00 Cost: $1,142.00

SECOND SEMESTER
Course Hours: 7.50 Lab Hours: 14.00 Cost: $510.00

SUMMER SEMESTER
Course Hours: 1.00 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $100.00

THIRD SEMESTER
Course Hours: 7.00 Lab Hours: 18.00 Cost: $800.00

FOURTH SEMESTER
Course Hours: 4.00 Lab Hours: 16.00 Cost: $545.00

Additional Resources

Forest ManagementA Career in Forest Management
Offers Many Opportunities

Graduates of the Forest Management program are eligible for employment with public and private forestry organizations and operate forestry equipment ranging from a hand compass to the surveyor’s transit to chainsaws and bulldozers. 

Hocking College makes sure that students are prepared for careers in applied forestry positions as nursery operators, timber cruisers, restoration and reforestation specialists, fire prevention and suppression workers, insect or disease control technicians, silviculture workers, and log scalers, and to provide sufficient background for growth and advancement in the forestry profession.

Check out potential job opportunities all across the country for forestry management majors on the SAF (Society of American Foresters) website here, or here.

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Hocking Forest Management Program Retention Rate

  Retention % Base Count Retention Count
2016-2017 78% 18 14
2015-2016 88% 16 14
2014-2015 92% 13 12
2013-2014 84% 17 16
2012-2013 100% 19 17

 

Hocking Forest Management Program Graduation Rate 

  Graduation %  Base Count Graduation Count
First Term 2014AU  58% 24  14 
First Term 2013AU  50% 22 11
First Term 2012AU  48%  52  25 

Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Forest Management:

  • Identifies species of trees using individual characteristics, dichotomous keys and site information
  • Applies knowledge of forest ecology, including plant succession, soils, environmental protection, weather/climate influences, and relations of trees to other organisms
  • Practices sound silviculture and reforestation techniques
  • Protects and enhances wooded environments with fire control and use
  • Uses knowledge of the impact of, and methods for controlling insects, diseases and animals
  • Correctly uses equipment and techniques to perform forest and tree measurements to complete a forest inventory
  • Correctly performs land surveys, aerial photo interpretation, and map interpretation
  • Uses effective harvesting techniques, including safe and environmentally sound operation of equipment
  • Collects and analyzes data toward the development and implementation of a project
  • Implements sound forest management plans with an understanding of multiple use principles and awareness of forest products utilization
  • Demonstrates proactive supervision and inspection skills for compliance and enforcement of forest management practices /projects
  • Practices business management and marketing techniques to set targets/goals for cost effective forest management
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Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 55%
2015 - 2016 59%
2014 - 2015 59%

2017 - 2018 Retention Rate: N/A

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2015 - 2016 Retention Rate: N/A

2014 - 2015 Retention Rate: N/A

2013 - 2014 Retention Rate: N/A

 

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    _________________________________________________________________
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 27.59%
2015 - 2016 26.47%
2014 - 2015 36.11% 

 

Accreditation Affiliate

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Society of American Foresters (SAF)
10100 Laureate Way
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 
(301) 897-8720 | Fax: (301) 897-3690

 

2017 - 2018 Employment Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Employment Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Employment Rate: N/A

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