Forestry & Natural Resources
Launch your career IN THE RUGGED AND SCENIC OUTDOORS!
Forestry is in our DNA. Benefit from our region’s rich forestry history, innovative practices and strong industry support. The Forestry and Natural Resources program at Southwestern will set you on your path to a high-skilled, technical career. Whether you’re looking to pursue a four-year degree or venture quickly into the workforce as a forestry technician/timber cruiser, we have a path to get you there. Study full-time, part-time or online, and adapt classes to fit your life.
Southwestern will connect you with internships that provide real-world experience in this creative and adventurous field. All of our degree programs fully align with the world-renowned Oregon State University College of Forestry, meaning you save money in undergraduate costs and transfer seamlessly.
Specific overview, class descriptions and courses you'll take for each degree/certificate.
Become a professional forester in a variety of roles. Or, pursue a workforce certificate to work as a forestry technician/timber cruiser.
Become a forest engineer, civil engineer or land surveyor.
Gain a flexible degree that encompasses the environmental sciences. Become a fish & wildlife manager, ecosystem restorationist, fire ecologist, watershed restorationist, botanist.
Become a supply chain manager, wood products scientist, business development specialist, furniture designer.
“Southwestern was the perfect place to start my career in forestry because it was affordable. Amazing professors, small classes, field trips, and scholarships helped me get where I am today: obtaining my master's degree in forestry at Oregon State University and getting involved in the latest research on redwoods.”
–Amy Kronsberg, Forestry Graduate
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Tasha Livingstone was born in Whittier, California, and moved to Coos Bay in 2005. She is a local graduate of North Bend High School and earned her master’s degree from Oregon State University in forestry, rhetoric, and interpersonal communication. Tasha began teaching forestry and natural resources at Southwestern in 2015.
What excites Tasha most about teaching at Southwestern is the ability to conduct outdoor labs in incredible locations such as the Elliott State Forest. She also has developed strong partnerships with professionals and industry. These connections provide students with excellent opportunities to engage with guest speakers, and participate in field trips and technical internships.
Tasha describes herself as a sci-fi & fantasy writer, video editor, Star Wars nerd, Irish dancer and Disneyland fanatic. She loves to travel and has been to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Egypt, Scotland, England, Mexico, and Japan.
Her advice to students? Don’t be afraid to reach out to your instructors, staff, and peers when you need help. We’re all rooting for your success!
$71,325 is the average annual southwestern Oregon forester wage.
$41,661 is the average annual forest technician wage.
3.9% projected increase in forester jobs in our region.
252 annual statewide forest tech job openings.