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Ames Forester

Abstract

Three things would be made infinitely simpler if I knew exactly what forestry education of the future should involve. The first would be the task of deciding what the curriculum here at ISU should contain. The second would be the writing of this article, and the third would be making a living. I would simply go on the road with the answers since I am sure there are a lot of schools of forestry around the country that would pay dearly for information from an all knowing forestry curriculum designer. The painful truth is, however, that I don't know exactly what a forestry education of the future should involve. Curriculum design, like most things in life is couched in probabilities rather than certainties. What follows is not a road map for developing the perfect curriculum to meet future needs, but rather a checklist of some things that must be considered along the way.

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