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.
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.
We are committed to:
(1) Performing research and educating our students to sustain our forests and the functions, products, services, and values they provide for current and future generations.
(2) Engaging with stakeholders to identify and conduct solutions-oriented research.
(3) Maintaining the highest level of professionalism, technical competence, stewardship, and ethics.
(4) Providing leadership, innovation, critical thinking, and excellence within the profession.
The School of Forest Resources structures its programs, activities, and resources in such a way as to pursue six primary goals:
- Offer undergraduate education in: (1) Forestry; (2) Parks, Recreation & Tourism; and (3) Forest Operations, Bioproducts and Bioenergy that meets current and anticipated needs of Maine’s forest-related employers, and also enables them to compete successfully for entry-level positions in these professions throughout the world.
- Offer undergraduate educational programs that: (1) include core competencies in the humanities and sciences that enable graduates to play a productive role in modern society; (2) instill the technical skills needed to be of immediate usefulness to employers; (3) provide professional knowledge, reasoning ability, and communication skills essential for career success; and (4) instill in our graduates a strong sense of ethical responsibility and conduct.
- Conduct creative and imaginative research on contemporary forest resource issues in Maine, the Nation, and the World that anticipates long-term processes of forest-dependent systems in a changing global context.
- Generate state, national, and international recognition of our research and education programs necessary to sustain funding and student recruitment.
- Offer both professional and research-oriented programs of graduate education that are clearly identified with disciplinary specialties in order to serve both the continuing-education needs of forest resources professionals, and to provide future scientists needed by the private, non-profit, and public sectors.
- Clearly define the public service needs of Maine that can best be served by our School, and provide specific mechanisms for meeting those needs on a continuing basis.