Assessment of Forest Products Undergraduate Education in the United States

Shane C. Kitchens, Rubin Shmulsky, H. Michael Barnes


Traditional Forest Products/Wood Science programs have been curtailed and/or merged into other programs at many universities during the last 10 yr. Current economic challenges throughout the nation are continuing this trend. This trend is somewhat alarming when one considers the implications for education and development of the next generation of scientists in this very critically important field. If proper training programs and adequate professionals are not available, the conservative, wise, and perpetual utilization of renewable natural resources could be compromised for future generations.

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