Urban Forestry

Career Studies Certificates

Code: 221-328-03

General Information

The Urban Forestry Career Studies Certificate is intended to provide a distinct segment of the forestry industry with skilled workers. This certificate will provide the student with skill sets requisite for employment in the field that attends to the growth, management, care and conservation of vegetation in the public and private urban settings.

Occupational Objectives:

  • Arboriculture
  • Urban Forestry
  • Utility Industries

Program Requirements

Urban Forestry CSC – Program Information sheet (PDF)


Forestry-related courses are based on the Clifton Forge campus where students will find classrooms, program-specific lab spaces, computer labs, an industry-grade sawmill, the DSLCC campus forest and access to the Waddill Teaching Lab located only a few miles from the College. Part of required time in the classroom may be dedicated to field trips outside of the area, such as traveling to the U.S. Forest Service’s National Forest and on private forest lands.

The format for the delivery of most classes is traditional lecture. For the successful completion of most courses, students are expected to attend classes, participate in labs and/or complete assignments that require additional study outside of scheduled class times.

It is important to discuss academic and career plans with an academic advisor who can assist in the development of a pathway that meets each student’s needs and addresses the scheduling of courses by the college. This will assist the student in achieving their goal of completing all requirements for graduation.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

Students may be required to purchase special items for selected courses, such as:

sturdy shoe
rain gear for outdoor labs and field trips
compass (Recommended brands SILVA Ranger Compass or SUUNTO Navigator MC-2)
steel-toed shoes

logger’s tape (Recommended brand Spencer Combination)
hearing protection

It is recommended that students wait until the course(s) begin and/or get instructions from the instructor before making any purchase.

Employment Outlook

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information


Suggested sites for purchasing tools and/or equipment:

Forestry Suppliers
Ben Meadows

Resources about forestry careers and other significant information:

Society of American Foresters
Silvics of North America
Careers in Forestry
Dendrology at Virginia Tech

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