Modern forestry covers a broad range of areas, including the actual forests, as well the ecosystems that live within them, such as wildlife and water systems. Forestry is the science of creating, managing, using, conserving and repairing forests, woodlands, and other resources for human and environmental benefits. It is practised in plantations and in natural forests. You may learn about the provision of timber, wildlife habitat, natural water quality management, landscape design, biodiversity management, erosion control, and the environmental impact of forestry, among other things. In today’s society, where we are in need of natural resources, foresters are in high demand.
When studying for a degree in forestry, you will have to study modules in different scientific areas, such as biology or biodiversity. You may also be required to undertake modules that are specific to forestry, for example sustainability, environmental management, as well as learning about the technology used in forestry, like geographical information systems (GIS).
Your degree may be delivered in a mixture of modes. This could involve classroom work, laboratory work and potentially spending some time in a work experience placement. This work experience may be taken on campus, or it may be taken in partnership with another body or company.