|Faculty:||Natural Environment and Outdoor Studies
|Field of Study:||Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
|Description:||If you are interested in the environment, want to make a difference in managing the forests of Canada and like the outdoors, this is the program for you. The Forest Technician - Conservation diploma program at Sault College is a sustaining member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry. This program prepares graduates with a wide range of skills necessary to contribute to environmentally sound management of forest ecosystems. Students learn practical skills such as the identification of such diverse ecosystem components as soils, trees, shrubs, plants, and bryophytes. Insects and diseases that attack forests are introduced and you will learn how to identify and control them. Sustainable resource management is a concept imbedded in all the program`s courses. You will be taught how ecosystems function, interact and respond to natural and human disturbances. Forest management techniques are rapidly evolving to ensure the continuing availability of natural resources and to protect all the values that forests provide. With faculty who are continually upgrading their knowledge and skills and keeping in touch with Canada`s professional forestry community, you will learn these latest techniques used to harvest, renew and protect our forests. Technology plays a key role in forestry today. In this program you will learn how to use modern tools and techniques such as computer mapping, GPS,tablets to collect data, digital aerial photography interpretation and the use of laser range and tree height finders. As well, you will gain proficiency in the use of essential outdoor tools such as chainsaws, brushsaws, ATVs and snowmobiles.