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Forest Management Technology

Forest Management Technology is an Associate Degree/Certificate day program.

 

The Forest Management Technology curriculum is designed to train individuals in technical forest management skills and help them develop competence in performing various woodland operations. Successful graduates are able to carry out woodland activities prescribed by landowners, consulting foresters, and/or forest industries.

The forestry laboratory utilizes a variety of equipment including: hand-held timber measuring devices; water and soil testing kits; surveying equipment; microscopes; and global positioning/geographical information systems as well as computers with software that will simulate, map and calculate the information gathered with these devices. The program has heavy equipment to simulate a small logging operation, including chain saws, brush cutters, a skidder, a knuckle boom loader and a D- 4 bulldozer. The program also has a firefighting brush truck used in wildland fire suppression training.

The campus forest comprises approximately 134 acres of timber land, divided into a variety of forest types, managed in sections to provide students with a broad spectrum of learning experiences.

Some areas of study in the Forest Management Technology program include the following: dendrology; fire management; forest botany; forest ecology; forest entomology; forest equipment operation; forest measurements; forest pathology; forest pesticides; forest recreation; forest surveying; GPS/GIS; logging and marketing; remote sensing; silviculture; soils and hydrology; timber cruising; wildlife and environmental studies.

Job Oportunities

Potential employers of MCC’s Forest Management Technology graduates include: North Carolina State Forest Service, United States Forest Service, logging companies, land surveyors, consulting foresters, private forestry industry, forest product manufacturers, private landowner services companies, state park services, urban tree services or self-employment.

 Extracurricular Activities

The Forestry Club is a voluntary campus organization comprised of students, faculty and staff at MCC. The club works to provide students with opportunities to promote their profession in the community, to participate in fundraisers and outreach activities, and to learn about people and agencies that play a vital role in the forest management field. The club attends two woodsman’s competitions each year, testing their extreme sports prowess in lumberjack & lumberjill activities.

See MCC's Woodsmen's Team prepare for the  Mid-Atlantic Woodsman's Meet on the Buckley Report.


Forestry Alumnus is Living the Dream

picture of daniel faulkDuring his first week on the job with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission, Danny Faulk worked on a boat on Badin Lake changing out buoys.

“The temperature was in the low 80s, there was a light breeze . . . I was just waiting to wake up from the dream,” Danny said.

Danny Faulk graduated from Montgomery Community College’s Forest Management Technology program in May 2014. He is now a conservation technician at the Hydro Depot in Norwood, but working for NC Wildlife had only been a dream for many years.

Danny worked construction most of his life. Right out of high school he began working residential construction, then moved to manufactured housing and stayed there for 16 years. After that, he began custom cabinet making for another ten years. He finally decided it was time to finish his schooling and do something that he really enjoyed. That’s when he enrolled in the Forest Management program at MCC.

“The Forest Service was always a goal for me,” said Danny. “MCC’s forestry program teaches everything that’s relevant to getting a job in forestry.”

After graduating, Danny worked a temporary contract as a seasonal ranger assistant. Finally in March, the Wildlife position opened up.

“I had 90% of what they asked for in the job description including boat access maintenance, GIS, prescribed burning, and the education,” Danny said.  He had plenty of competition as there were over 200 applicants for the position. Only seven were interviewed and Danny’s associate degree was one of the reasons he was interviewed.

“They told me that no matter what kind of experience you have, if you don’t have a degree, they won’t even talk to you,” Danny said. “The forestry program helped prepare me with everything that was required and relevant to my getting a job,” Danny said, “and both of the forestry instructors were awesome.”

Danny was MCC’s 2014 Excellence in Forestry recipient, and his instructors agreed that he could do any job he took on.

“Danny was the dream student every instructor hopes for – hardworking, persistent, and dedicated,” said Mike Thompson, senior forestry instructor. “He is a true American success story which should be told as an example for others to follow.”

During his first week on the job with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission, Danny Faulk worked on a boat on Badin Lake changing out buoys.

“The temperature was in the low 80s, there was a light breeze . . . I was just waiting to wake up from the dream,” Danny said.

Danny Faulk graduated from Montgomery Community College’s Forest Management Technology program in May 2014. He is now a conservation technician at the Hydro Depot in Norwood, but working for NC Wildlife had only been a dream for many years.

Danny worked construction most of his life. Right out of high school he began working residential construction, then moved to manufactured housing and stayed there for 16 years. After that, he began custom cabinet making for another ten years. He finally decided it was time to finish his schooling and do something that he really enjoyed. That’s when he enrolled in the Forest Management program at MCC.

“The Forest Service was always a goal for me,” said Danny. “MCC’s forestry program teaches everything that’s relevant to getting a job in forestry.”

After graduating from MCC, Danny worked at Morrow Mountain as a seasonal ranger assistant but the contract ended after 11 months. He began taking heavy equipment classes to bolster his resume while he looked for permanent employment. Danny checked the NC State Personnel Office website weekly for job openings in the area. Finally in March, the Wildlife position came open.

“I had 90% of what they asked for in the job description including boat access maintenance, GIS, prescribed burning, and the education,” Danny said.

Danny is quiet and unassuming, but worked hard to build his assets while he held out for the job he really wanted.

“I feel like I don’t interview well,” Danny said, “but I went to training for interview help. I even memorized my introduction.”

Danny had plenty of competition for the Wildlife job. There were over 200 applicants for the position; seven were interviewed. Danny’s associate degree was one of the reasons he was chosen for an interview.

“They told me that no matter what kind of experience you have, if you don’t have a degree, they won’t even talk to you,” Danny said.

Danny is now working with another former MCC graduate, Patrick Yarboro, who was in the first forestry graduating class at MCC.

“The forestry program helped prepare me with everything that was required and relevant to my getting a job,” Danny said, “and both of the forestry instructors are awesome.”

 

 

Danny was MCC’s 2014 Excellence in Forestry recipient, and his instructors agreed that he could do any job he took on.

“Danny was the dream student every instructor hopes for – hardworking, persistent, and dedicated,” said Mike Thompson, senior forestry instructor. “He is a true American success story which should be told as an example for others to follow.”

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Forest Management Technology Department | (910) 576-6222

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Russell Strong

Program Head, Forestry Management Technology

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Mike Thompson

Instructor, Forestry

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"I enjoyed the forestry program more than anything I’ve ever done. MCC’s program stands out academically, the instructors are experienced and I use every bit of what I learned in school on my job. I also enjoyed traveling out-of-state with the Forestry Club."

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~ Jason Haywood

Assistant County Ranger
North Carolina Forest Service
Montgomery County, NC

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