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.


  • Department of Forestry Professor presents at Climate Action 2016 Summit

    MSU Department of Forestry Professor David Skole will present at the Climate Action 2016 Summit. Leaders from national, regional and local government; business and civil society will convene to demonstrate and highlight collaborations that can help create a more sustainable future. The Summit follows the April 22 Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations.

  • 2016 Student Awards and Honors

    Congratulations to all our students who were recognized during the Department of Forestry 2016 Awards and Honors Ceremony on April 27, 2016.
  • Sparty’s Cabin unveiled on Earth Day

    The ribbon-cutting ceremony for “Sparty’s Cabin,” a student-led project to build Michigan State University’s first tiny house, took place on Earth Day to emphasize the goal of sustainability. The project was a collaborative effort from the start, including MSU’s student chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, faculty and staff members of the School of Planning, Design and Construction, Department of Forestry, Department of Sustainability, the Surplus Store and Recycling Center and the Breslin Center. Community experts and volunteers also participated in the construction of the tiny house.

  • Forestry doctoral student earns NSF fellowship

    MSU Forestry doctoral candidate Jaron Adkins was awarded a 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The award will support his research in soil carbon stabilization, specifically in fire-prone, mixed coniferous forests in Northern California. His work will help show how wildfires impact the chemical composition of soil and cause both short-term and long-term carbon release. He is one of 2,000 individuals to receive the award, out of almost 17,000 applicants.


  • CANR Academic Advisor Award

    Lesley Schumacher has been the undergraduate academic advisor in the Department of Forestry since February 2015. She is responsible for academic orientation, schedule planning, recruitment, commencement, internship coordination, career information and the Forests Forever Scholars Program.


    She is the 2016 CANR Academic Advisor of the Year.


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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