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Arboriculture and Community Forest Management

Department of Natural Resources Conservation

Contact: Dennis Ryan, Program Coordinator
Office: 119 Holdsworth
Phone: (413) 545-6626
Email: dr@nre.umass.edu

The Arboriculture and Community Forest Management program prepares students for positions in park management, community forestry, and the urban tree service industry. They learn about the principles and practices of tree planting, mechanical injuries to trees, identification and control of tree insect pests, fertilizing, pruning, repair of storm- or otherwise damaged trees, removal of dead or undesirable trees, and administration of recreational land. The university campus of 1,450 acres serves as a laboratory for practical training. The Massachusetts Arborists, the Massachusetts Tree Wardens, and the National Arborist associations have all approved this educational program.

Course of Study

First Semester

Credits

*ENVIRDES 335 Plants in Landscape

4

FOREST 102 Arboricultural Field Techniques

2

*FOREST 232 Principles of Arboriculture I

 

PLSOILIN 102 Introductory Botany

4

PLSOILIN 105 Soils

4

NATRES&E 191F First Year Seminar

1


Second Semester (7 wks)

Credits

FOREST 191 Seminar in Arboriculture

2

*FOREST 198 Internship (April-August)

4

FOREST 210 Arboricultural Field Techniques II

2

LANDCONT 105 Landscape Drafting

2

PLSOILIN 103 Plant Science

1.5

RES-ECON 141 Consumer Marketing

2


Third Semester

Credits

*PLSOILIN 109 Insects of Ornamentals

 

*FOREST 305 Commercial Arboriculture or

 

*NRC 100 The Environment and Society

 

Math by placement exam

2-3

*PLSOILIN 111 Horticultural Plant Pathology

 

PLSOILIN 113 Plant Pathology Lab

1

PLSOILIN 230 Introductory Turfgrass Management

4

Elective (Optional)

2-3


Fourth Semester

Credits

ENGLISH 120 English Composition

 

FOREST 225 Forests and People

 

*FOREST 310 Community Forestry

 

RES-ECON 142 People in Organizations

 

Elective (Approved by Coordinator)

2-3

FOREST 211 Arboricultural Field Techniques III or

2

PLSOILIN 235 Pruning Fruit Crops

2

* A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses.