Formally established in 1902, the MSU Department of Forestry is the oldest continuing forestry program in the United States. The Forestry major combines elements of ecology, biology, environmental science, public policy, and economics to address a variety of environmental and social issues - from combating global climate change and invasive species to providing forest products and wildlife habitats.


  • Student Perspective: Sustainable Forestry Initiative Conference

    MSU Forestry undergraduate student Mia White, center left at the 2016 Sustainable Forestry Initiative Conference.

    MSU Forestry freshman Mia White shares why she attended the 2016 Sustainable Forestry Initiative Conference. 


  • MSU Forestry seeks Assistant Professor of Forest Policy

    The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University invites applicants for a nine‐month tenure system position at the assistant professor rank with a focus in forest policy.


  • Forests, people and climate change: a new “no-normal” world

    Russ White and Dr. David Cleaves during their interview for the Greening of the Great Lakes

    “Climate change is the most compelling global issue of this and future centuries,” says David Cleaves, the former climate change advisor to the U.S. Forest Service.


  • MSU Shadows Collection

    MSU Shadows Collection logo

    The MSU Shadows Collection and the Sustainable Wood Recovery Initiative has been featured throughout the media in August and September. Here is a collection of those stories…

  • MSU Forestry seeking undergraduate academic advisor

    The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking a full‐time Academic Specialist to oversee undergraduate programs.

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Undergraduate Student Spotlight

Emily Caretti

Name: Emily Caretti
Hometown: Warren, MI 
Why Forestry: Forestry is such an awesome field! Not only do we get to spend most of our days running around in the woods, we also make huge contributions to society… Read More.

Graduate Student Spotlight


Name:Yusuf Samsudin

Hometown: Kandangan, South Kalimantan, Indonesia

Degree:Master of Science (MS) in Forestry with a focus on Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management

(Advisor Dr. Larry Leefers)

Why forestry: 

I spent my childhood in an area where forest ecosystems have changed and were the direct victim of forest fires and haze. Read More