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.


  • MSU Shadows Collection

    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 fullā€time Academic Specialist to oversee undergraduate programs.


  • Undergraduate Advisor Lesley Schumacher is pursuing her doctorate

    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!


  • Forest products industry adds $20 billion to Michigan economy annually

    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.


  • My summer of science (fiction): reflections from an undergraduate researcher

    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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  • Hanover Forest Science Seminar Series: Phoebe Zarnetske

    Date: September 27, 2016
    Location: Room 225 in the Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Rd

    Phoebe Zarnetske presents “Understanding and predicting how ecological communities respond to change.”

  • Career Gallery - Hosted by MSU Career Services

    Date: September 27, 2016 - September 28, 2016
    Location: Breslin Center

    Career Gallery is a three-day career fair that brings top talent from across MSU together with all industries. Each day of the fair has a focus area; employers are welcome to register for one, two, or all three days of Gallery.

  • Forest Paths Distinguished Speaker Series

    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

  • MSU Education Abroad Expo

    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.

  • Hanover Forest Science Seminar Series: Sophan Chhin

    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.”

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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