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.


  • 2016-09-19T10:17:15 Michigan State University | Department of Forestry

    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…

  • 2016-09-28T08:57:09 Michigan State University | Department of Forestry

    The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking a fullā€time Academic Specialist to oversee undergraduate programs.

  • 2016-09-06T13:54:17 Michigan State University | Department of Forestry

    Undergraduate Advisor Lesley Schumacher is leaving MSU Forestry to pursue a PhD program in Nematology at the University of Florida. We wish her the best as she takes this next step!


  • 2016-08-31T13:33:01 Michigan State University | Department of Forestry

    Two years ahead of schedule, Michigan’s forest products industry has achieved its goal of contributing $20 billion per year to the state’s economy, Gov. Rick Snyder announced today during a stop at the Besse Forest Products Group facility in Gladstone. The news comes out of a recent report by Larry Leefers, MSU Forestry associate professor emeritus. The report also shows the number of forest products industry jobs has increased 12 percent since 2012.


  • 2016-08-31T13:22:35 Michigan State University | Department of Forestry

    Each summer Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research supports students who participate in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the NSF. This is part of a larger undergraduate research program at KBS. Tori Niewohner is majoring in Environmental Science at Western Washington University. She wrote about her REU experience working with Kileigh Welshofer, a graduate student, and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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  • Date: October 3, 2016
    Location: MSU Molecular Plant Sciences, Room 1200

    Forests, people and climate change: a new “no-normal” world by Dr. David Cleaves, Former Climate Change Advisor with the U.S. Forest Service, B.S. ‘70 and M.S. ‘71 MSU, PhD ‘83 Texas A&M University

  • Date: October 6, 2016
    Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The Education Abroad Expo (formerly the Study Abroad Fair) is a comprehensive information event for anyone interested in learning more about the many exciting education abroad opportunities available at Michigan State University.

  • Date: October 11, 2016
    Location: Room 225 in the Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Rd.


    Sophan Chhin presents “Managing for adaptive resilience of forests to climate change and disturbances.”

  • Date: October 15, 2016
    Location: Room 183, Natural Resources Building

    Join MSU Forestry for the annual meeting of the Forestry Alumni Association, held in conjunction with an opportunity to attend a Spartan football game against Northwestern.


  • Date: October 18, 2016
    Location: Room 225 in the Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Rd

    Emily Huff presents “Forestry and human health in urban environments.”


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Undergraduate Student Spotlight


Name: Anna Boruszewski
Okemos, Michigan
Why Forestry:
I wanted a degree that could get me outside, but also had jobs available.  I looked through all the degrees that MSU had to offer and felt that Forestry matched those two criteria beautifully… 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