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Natural Resources

Our Mission

The Natural Resource program provides students with the knowledge and skills to be proficient in the technical aspects of management and protection of forest resources, the ability to successfully perform as forest technicians with a scientific knowledge base and an understanding of social and environmental issues within the natural resources field.



Program Overview

The Natural Resource program is unique:Students in outdoor lab

  • We share our campus with both the North Central Research Station-USDA Forest Service and the University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center which offer students access to leading forestry professionals in the state

  • Sharing the campus also provides an outdoor classroom environment with five hundred acres available for study and other activities like hiking, and cross-country skiing.

  • Students can receive individual attention and assistance because classes are small (approximately 20 - 25 students). The college works closely with many area forestry agencies and industries which often provide students at Itasca with internship opportunities and access to experts in the field.


Wildland Firefighting StudentsItasca Community College's Natural Resources program, leading to the Associate of Applied Science Degree is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).The Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognizes SAF as the specialized accrediting body for forestry education in the United States.

Itasca Community College is also one of more than twenty five member colleges that make up the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools (CEFTS).

For more information, contact:

Wildland Firefighting
Lee Kessler
Phone: 218-322-2356
Email: Leland.Kessler@itascacc.edu
Forest Resources
Brad Jones
Phone: 218-322-2354
Email: Brad.Jones@itascacc.edu