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UMaine Today Magazine

Lasting Impression

Measuring Tree Growth
Measuring tree growth

1995 photo by Tom Stewart
Circa 1945 photo courtesy of
Fogler Library Special Collections

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In 1903, the first forestry course was offered at Maine's land-grant university. Three years later, four University of Maine students became the first to graduate with degrees in forestry. The 1906 UMaine yearbook, The Prism, noted that forestry "is rapidly becoming one of the most popular courses offered, and is almost certain to show wonderful development within the next few years." Little did the students know that a century later, UMaine would have the longest continuously accredited professional forestry program in the United States.

This year, the forestry program in the departments of Forest Management and Forest Ecosystem Science in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture is observing its 100th anniversary. The department offers degree programs in forestry; forest operations science; parks, recreation and tourism; and wood science and technology. Its mission is to provide education, conduct research, and supply other public services that deal with the management and use of forest resources for the well-being of the people of Maine, the nation and the world.

"Lasting Impression" features a memorable person or event in UMaine history.


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