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The forest management program has its primary emphasis
on undergraduate education and extension. Major outreach
programs focus on:
- Forest and wildlife stewardship
- Urban and community forestry
- Estate planning and family
- Municipal and watershed natural
resources inventories and planning
A combined research/extension
program focuses on landscape
characterization and forest fragmentation.
FOREST RESOURCES IN CONNECTICUT
Connecticut 370 years after settlement is 60% forested.
Almost 90% of that forest is privately owned by some
115,000 individuals, families and land trusts.
Our forests make major contributions to our economy
and the quality of our lives. Annual production of
over 70 million board feet of high quality timber provides
the material for over 350 Connecticut industries that
process wood. These industries contribute over $400
million annually to Connecticut's economy and export
a wide variety of products around the globe. Our forests
also provide the essential backdrop for Connecticut's
$3.9 billion recreation/tourism industry, and produce
and estimated 500,000 cords of firewood, 400,000 Christmas
trees, 15,000 gallons of maple syrup and two million
gallons of witch hazel astringent each year.
The Department of Natural Resources Management has
for decades managed the 1500 acre UCONN FOREST. Primary
management goals for the UCONN FOREST are:
- Sustaining the health and
biodiversity of the forest
- Demonstrating forest management
practices appropriate for private forest landowners,
land trusts and municipal forests
- Creating an outdoor classroom
where students and Cooperative Extension clientele
can develop skills and gain practical experience
in natural resource conservation.
Assistant Professor Mark Rudnicki