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and Natural Resources

Program Description

Forestry & Natural Resources introduces students, during its 240 minute daily, one year program, to forest science and the safe operation of chainsaws, heavy equipment and tree felling. Students will participate in seasonal projects including but not limited to firewood cutting, drainage projects, soil evaluation, Christmas tree farming, and maple sugaring.

Forestry/Natural Resources consists of 1 year long 240 minute class open to 11th and 12th graders.

Level I

The Forestry & Natural Resources program introduces students to various forest management practices and skills involved in Natural Resource careers. Students will develop proficiencies in several skills that include dendrology (the study of trees); orienteering (map and compass use); tractor safety and maintenance; basic learning activities with opportunities for community service projects, field trips, job shadowing, and cooperative work placement. Focus areas will include subsurface design and construction, sawmill operation, lumber grading, maple syrup production, skidder operation, timber harvesting, and wildland fire control.

Additionally, students will learn to identify indigenous and invasive plants and pests. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Northeast Training (Game of Logging) certification program. Students will also receive industry recognized credentials in First-Aid/CPR/AED and Wildland Fire Control. This course will provide students with the proper vocabulary, understanding, technical knowledge, and physical skills necessary for careers in natural resources.

Prerequisites: Students will need to have completed the equivalent credits to place them at the 11th grade level upon the time they enter the program. This means students need to have successfully completed a minimum two years of high school English; two years of high school math including Algebra, two years of Social Studies, one year of science, physical education and health requirements. Or the permission from the WRCC director to apply.

Students must have completed at least one core general education high school Math or Science course related to the pathway with a grade of 70 or better before they are eligible to apply for a program/pathway.

Clubs and Activities


FFA is the previer youth organization preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

Industry Recognized Credentials

Game of Logging Level 1-4
First Aid/CPR/AED
Wildland Fire Control

Your Instructor

Errold Nelson

My name is Errold Nelson. I am currently the Forestry/Natural Resources instructor at the Windham Regional Career Center in Brattleboro, Vermont. Prior to teaching, I was the Forestry para educator here for fourteen years. I have been involved in the forestry industry since the late 1980s, beginning with my college degree in Environmental Science. I have held various jobs related to forestry education, logging, contracting and maintenance for over thirty years. My experience in several school systems and special education, in particular, has given me insight into the field of special education and the individualized needs of every student. I have found my niche in education; teaching students about this industry and sharing my love of Forestry.