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Forest Management

Median Pay as a Forest and Conservation Technician
Forest and Conservation Technician Positions by 2024
Semesters until Graduation

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 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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Hocking College

2017 - 2018 Associate of Applied Science in Forest Management

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 26.5
Lab Hours: 75.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

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 CPR & First Aid for Comm. & Workplace 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
Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 20.00 Cost: $1,142.00

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

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

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

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

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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.

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