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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.

Alumni Map

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.
Major Map

Navigate Your Major

Major Maps help students map their first day to the first job in their chosen field. While a four-year plan outlines classes to get a degree, Major Maps help students learn how to build career-ready skills and experiences outside the classroom. Each Major Map shows how students can get the most of their UW-Stevens Point journey from enrollment to graduation and beyond. It’s a roadmap to discovering your purpose!


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 of 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.

Find more information on program outcomes, retention and graduation rates, and job placement and graduate school rates.

Society of American Foresters


Service to society is the cornerstone of any profession. The profession of forestry serves society by fostering stewardship of the world’s forests. Because forests provide valuable resources and perform critical ecological functions, they are vital to the wellbeing of both society and the biosphere.

Members of SAF have a deep and enduring love for the land, and are inspired by the profession’s historic traditions, such as Gifford Pinchot’s utilitarianism and Aldo Leopold’s ecological conscience. In their various roles as practitioners, teachers, researchers, advisers, and administrators, foresters seek to sustain and protect a variety of forest uses and attributes, such as aesthetic values, air and water quality, biodiversity, recreation, timber production, and wildlife habitat.

The purpose of this Code of Ethics is to protect and serve society by inspiring, guiding, and governing members in the conduct of their professional lives. Compliance with the code demonstrates members’ respect for the land and their commitment to the long-term management of ecosystems, and ensures just and honorable professional and human relationships, mutual confidence and respect, and competent service to society.

On joining the SAF, members assume a special responsibility to the profession and to society by promising to uphold and abide by the following:

Principles and Pledges

  1. Foresters have a responsibility to manage land for both current and future generations. We pledge to practice and advocate management that will maintain the long-term capacity of the land to provide the variety of materials, uses, and values desired by landowners and society.
  2. Society must respect forest landowners’ rights and correspondingly, landowners have a land stewardship responsibility to society. We pledge to practice and advocate forest management in accordance with landowner objectives and professional standards, and to advise landowners of the consequences of deviating from such standards.
  3. Sound science is the foundation of the forestry profession. We pledge to strive for continuous improvement of our methods and our personal knowledge and skills; to perform only those services for which we are qualified; and in the biological, physical, and social sciences to use the most appropriate data, methods, and technology.
  4. Public policy related to forests must be based on both scientific principles and societal values. We pledge to use our knowledge and skills to help formulate sound forest policies and laws; to challenge and correct untrue statements about forestry; and to foster dialogue among foresters, other professionals, landowners, and the public regarding forest policies.
  5. Honest and open communication, coupled with respect for information given in confidence, is essential to good service. We pledge to always present, to the best of our ability, accurate and complete information; to indicate on whose behalf any public statements are made; to fully disclose and resolve any existing or potential conflicts of interest; and to keep proprietary information confidential unless the appropriate person authorizes its disclosure.
  6. Professional and civic behavior must be based on honesty, fairness, good will, and respect for the law. We pledge to conduct ourselves in a civil and dignified manner; to respect the needs, contributions, and viewpoints of others; and to give due credit to others for their methods, ideas, or assistance.