Forestry is a profession, craft, and field of study


In practice and research, Forestry strives to provide many answers to a single, important question:

Q. How do we sustainably manage, conserve, govern and utilize our forests to the benefit of our national and global social and economic systems, as well as the health and well-being of all living organisms?

  • Foresters have always thought long-term, because trees take a long time to grow.
  • At the University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry, we take an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to understanding existing and discovering new ways to apply the science, art and craft of managing, conserving and utilizing our forests and their associated resources in a sustainable and socially just manner to meet our current needs, and those of future generations.
  • When we talk about forests, we don’t only mean the deep dark Boreal of northern Canada, the rainforests of South America, or the working forests across this province, country and continent. We mean the forest in the ravine behind your street. We mean the urban forest that makes Toronto and so many other cities look green from the bird’s-eye-view of a jetliner. We mean the tree on your boulevard, in your backyard or schoolyard, in front of your office window, and growing between the cracks in the alley-way pavement.
  • Apply the central question that Forestry tries to answer to these forests, and you’ll come up with a whole new set of answers.