Forester in wetland measures tupelo tree girth

The Extension Forestry program, housed in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, provides forestry and natural resources education, technical assistance, programming, and awareness to a diverse audience including an estimated 132,000 private forest landowners who own 3.7 million acres or 82-percent of all forest land in Illinois.

The Extension Forestry program works statewide in Illinois. Offices are on campus and at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center.  In addition to traditional Extension and outreach, the Extension Forestry program also teaches undergraduate courses in dendrology and chainsaw safety, conducts applied natural resource research, and maintains multiple demonstration sites and projects. 

Extension Forestry also administers the Illinois Big Tree Program and the recently developed Citizen Big Tree Inspector initiative.


Forestry Programs and Training

  • Chainsaw safety and directional felling
  • Invasive species identification and management
  • Forest management and restoration
  • Timber harvesting and timber tax
  • Maple syrup collection and processing
  • Plant / tree identification
  • Forest health and mitigation
  • Agroforestry

Ongoing Programs

Annual Reports

The Illinois Extension Forestry Program is supported, in part, through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA).  Each year, Illinois Extension Forestry produces a summary that highlights some of the programs and activities supported through the RREA program.

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