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College of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Degree


Assist cities, towns, and communities with managing and caring for urban forestry resources.

Explore the science and art of growing, planting, and maintaining trees in and around our cities, towns, and villages with a degree in Urban and Community Forestry.

Why Study Urban and Community Forestry at UW-Stevens Point?

Urban and Community Forestry is the science and art of growing, planting, and maintaining trees growing in and around our cities, towns, and villages. Careers in this area allow you to work outdoors in a financially competitive atmosphere.

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Alumni Map

Where are they now?

UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resource alumni live and work worldwide! Check out our map if you are interested in exploring job or networking opportunities close to home.

If you would like to add your information to our interactive alumni map, please fill out the form below.

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An integrated curriculum and practical, hands-on work experience are designed to ensure you are ready for a job after graduation. Our program adds flexibility to help meet your professional objectives by selecting collateral courses and specialized training. Set a path towards becoming a Certified Arborist with skill sets you gain as a student and professional work experience after graduation.

From federal and state to private entities, our graduates have jobs in all sectors of the employment spectrum. Job titles include:

  • City/Community Forester
  • City/Community Arborist
  • Commercial Arborist
  • Plant Health Care Specialist
  • Utility Forester
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Consultant


Discover your passions, build your resume, and make friends along the way! Whether it is joining a student organization, working at one of our centers, or participating in research at one of our three field stations, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.

  • Read the CNR Reporter, a weekly newsletter, for information on upcoming presentations, student organization meeting times, and other important happenings on and around campus.


Various opportunities are available to expand your skillset outside the classroom, including extensive hands-on training courses in tree felling and tree climbing and a certificate course in pesticide application. You must also participate in one summer of an advisor-approved forestry internship or employment. Typically students do this between their junior and senior years. 

You will gain additional hands-on experiences in all areas of natural resource management during a required summer field experience generally taken between your sophomore and junior years. You can choose between our six-week, hands-on summer field experience held at our Treehaven field station or on-campus, or take part in our European Environmental Seminar and learn how European natural resource management compares to the United States. 

Meet your Faculty and Staff

Our faculty members within the forestry discipline bring a wide array of knowledge and experience to our indoor and outdoor classrooms at UW-Stevens Point.
Michael Demchik

Michael Demchik

  • Professor
  • Forestry
  • College of Natural Resources
Melinda Vokoun

Melinda Vokoun

  • Associate Professor of Forestry
  • Coordinator of Forestry Discipline
  • Forestry Internship Coordinator
  • College of Natural Resources
Les Werner

Les Werner

  • Director of the Wisconsin Forestry Center
  • Professor of Urban and Community Forestry
  • College of Natural Resources

Society of American Foresters

Society of American Foresters Accreditation

Our Urban and Community Forestry program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The forestry program is built on “The mission of the UW-Stevens Point Forestry Program is to provide interdisciplinary, application-based educational programs that develop ethical, employable forestry professionals with the expertise to manage resources sustainably” to best develop and train students today for the future.