Forest Technology



The University of New Hampshire and the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture recently announced changes that will transform the Thompson School of Applied Science in response to the realities of higher education within our state and region.

The Forest Technology associates degree program is continuing and will be more closely connected to the four-year forestry program. We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.

You can learn more about the university’s plan and find answers to frequently asked questions at The Future of the Thompson School.

Live and learn both the contemporary and traditional methods of forestry in the Forest Technology Program.  You'll study forest habitats, learn how to manage sustainable forests, and take a tree from woodland to product - learning to harvest, mill and sell forest products.  You'll also gain skills in surveying and mapping, forest inventory, forest pest control and forest products recovery. 

As a graduate and Forest Technician, you will be a steward of the forest, one of our most valuable natural resources. Trees are an important part of the New Hampshire landscape and bring many tourists to the Granite state. They provide lumber for building construction, fuel to heat our homes and other important wood products. Forest Technicians are proud to play a vital role in managing and sustaining our important forest resources.

As a Forest Technology student you can:

  • Develop valuable jobs skills in just 2 years
  • Be challenged both mentally and physically
  • Learn to manage and sustain New England's important forest resource in UNH's 3000 acres of certified Tree Farm
  • Become a steward of the forest, a very valuable and beautiful natural resource
  • Balance forest conservation with wise use
  • Study a broad range of topics from urban tree care to forest fire control and use
  • Use GIS and GPS technologies (Geographic Information Systems & Global Positioning Systems)
  • Participate in a summer internship where you can enjoy great opportunities for jobs in forestry after your first year in school
  • Be on a first name basis with your faculty members
  • Spend a week at the end of each academic year on a road trip visiting a variety of forestry related operations
  • Have the opportunity to become a licensed forester in New Hampshire
  • Study two hours outside for every hour spent in an inside lecture
  • Consider continuing study at UNH to earn a 4-year degree
  • Explore primary processing of forest products in the new UNH Sawmill
  • Share the same life and college experiences with other UNH students

Admissions Requirements:

  • Minimum of 4 years of college prep English
  • Minimum of 3 years of Social Science
  • Minimum of 2 years of college preparatory Mathematics (3 years strongly recommended)
  • Minimum of 2 years of college prep Science - Biology with a lab being one
  • SAT or ACT results
  • Overall GPA average C/C+ student – Average GPA 2.67 on a 4.0 weighted scale

The average SAT score for incoming students is 1000 for Math and  Evidence-Based Reading combined. 

Non-traditional students do not need to provide SAT or ACT scores.

The Thompson School Forest Technology Program is:logo

  • Part of a small 2-year school located on a 4-year land grant University campus
  • The educational program in Forest Technology leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).
  • Located in New Hampshire, the most forested state in the lower 48
  • Well connected to the forest industries of the region

The Mission of the Forest Technology Program is:

The Forest Technology Program of the Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire seeks to create an educational environment where students of varied backgrounds can effectively and safely prepare for careers in the broadly diverse field of Forest Technology in the New England region. The program will strive to provide the best available instruction and facilities in the region while honoring the missions of the University of New Hampshire System, the Society of American Foresters and the many forest association, industries and agencies represented in the state and region. The program also strives to prepare students for continued study and life-long curiosity for the knowledge expected of professionals dealing with a dynamic natural environment and changes in society and forest communities of the region.

Questions? Contact:

Matt Chagnon

Professor and Program Chair of Forest Technology
Putnam 116
Durham, NH 03824