About Us

Welcome from the faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management (FERM). Our department comprises a unique group of specialists in forest management, engineering, biometrics, hydrology, forest health and silviculture working to support decisions for sustainable forests. FERM’s mission is to develop, communicate, and teach the science and engineering necessary for sustainable management of forest, land, and water resources to achieve economic, environmental, and social objectives. Our teaching and research emphasize all aspects of active forest management; from regeneration through harvest for multiple land use objectives from production of wood and water to the restoration of ecological function.

FERM houses three Undergraduate Degree Programs, one in Forest Engineering, one in Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering, and one in Foresty with options in Forest Management, Forest Restoration and Fire, and Forest Operations Management. Our SAF accredited Forestry degree in Forest Management is one of the oldest in the United States. The Forest Engineering and Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering degrees are both fully accredited in Engineering (ABET EAC) and Forestry (SAF). The final program is the new, SAF-accredited, Forestry degree with an option in Forest Operations Management. This degree includes a minor in Business and focuses on the planning, management and harvesting aspects of land management projects. All four degrees lead to excellent employment opportunities.  Details regarding student achievement in our Forestry Professional programs can be found here. In addition to high quality classrooms and labs on campus, we have an 11,500-acre College-owned Forest just 20 minutes from campus that provides a setting for field exercises in many classes.

If you are interested in a Graduate Degree, we invite you to explore our program in Sustainable Forest Management. If you have a particular interest in water and watersheds, you might also consider our Water Resources graduate program. Many students customize degree programs that integrate elements of several areas. We typically have a diverse group of students representing many continents, so the graduate education in FERM goes well beyond the classroom.

Faculty in our department are recognized research scholars and several provide leadership in international scientific organizations. The faculty pursues a wide range of basic and applied research projects on topics that include: understanding watershed processes in forested ecosystems; silviculture and vegetation management; applications of economics to the analysis of critical trade-offs in resource policy decisions; supply chain efficiency; logging methods; transportation system management; planning models in all forms of active management; modeling of tree and stand development; forest data sampling and monitoring methods; and measurement, mapping, and data management technologies. In addition, we have developed several decision-support software programs for designing forest operations and computer-based forest growth models that are widely used by practitioners.

Promotion of high quality forest management and well-reasoned public policy is a long-standing tradition of the OSU College of Forestry. The FERM department continues its long tradition of conveying research and management information to practitioners, the public, and policy makers through publications, and presentations. In addition, we offer a diverse slate of continuing education courses, many of which are led by the Extension faculty in our department.

Browse through the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management web site to learn more about our programs and faculty. We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions.

Kindest regards,

James E. Johnson

Interim Department Head, Professor, and Senior Associate Dean/Program Leader