The problem: Creating livable communities
In our Regional and Community Forestry program, you will learn to lead the industry in tree management and planning in a way that addresses natural resource challenges, including the emerald ash borer and climate change, so we can build livable, vibrant and resilient communities.
You'll get resume-building experience climbing trees, measuring tree performance, and learning proper chain saw techniques, all while building a strong background in tree biology and growing your strategic thinking so you can excel in managing our urban forests.
When you graduate from this Big Ten university, you’ll be prepared to make an impact on our environment, to be a leader of modern tree care and to embody everything it means to be a Tree Husker.
Regional & Community Forestry Emphasis Areas
Each regional and community forestry student will choose at least one emphasis area to focus in. These emphasis areas help students specialize their course work based on individual career goals.
Urban Forestry Management
Urban forestry management students learn to manage trees where we live, work and explore. Students learn the complexities of community development using trees to improve the life of residents and to use technical skills to manage a diverse population of people and trees.
Arboriculture students become experts in modern tree care for a diversity of landscape spaces. Students learn how to care for trees and woody plant species, including how to prune, complete site assessments and manage pests in a changing environment. Did we mention you learn to climb a tree?
The future awaits
Our graduates go on to become leaders in their field. With a degree in regional and community forestry, your job title could be:
- city forester
- urban or regional forest manager
- vegetation strategy specialist
We work closely with our partners — Nebraska Forest Service, Arbor Day Foundation, and Bartlett Tree Experts, to name a few — to ensure you have opportunities to set yourself apart from the competition.
These internships will allow you to explore different areas of community forestry, make connections with future employers, and experience a professional work environment. Community and regional forestry internships are available across Nebraska and the United States. Recent internships include: Davey Tree arborist; plant health care technician; naturalist teacher; and community outreach coordinator.
"The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Regional and Community Forestry program is a truly fulfilling degree to pursue. There are so many exciting opportunities and courses that include hands-on, educational field experiences that prepare you for successful career options. You can become a certified arborist; a local, city or regional forester; a community developer; an environmental engagement manager — even a professional tree climber. For me, it’s been most rewarding to take part in meaningful work that combats global issues and will provide powerful environmental impacts for generations to come through the power of trees. "
—Lachel Bradley-Williams, UNL ’17
Lachel puts her University of Nebraska degree to work as program development manager for the Arbor Day Foundation.
As an urban forestry student at University of Nebraska, Justin lands an internship at the Nebraska Forest Service and works at the university's tree research and demonstration forest.
As an urban forestry student at University of Nebraska, Alaina lands an internship at the Nebraska Forest Service and works at the university's tree research and demonstration forest. Learn more about studying urban forestry.