February 19, 2012

ESF choice college for area students

NEWCOMB — With Adirondack campuses in Newcomb and Cranberry Lake, and a main campus in Syracuse, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry has just celebrated its centennial year.

More than 18,000 students have graduated from the college since its founding in 1911, many of them from northern New York.

The College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers 22 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs in the sciences, engineering, forestry and landscape architecture. Associate degrees in environmental conservation, forest technology and land surveying are based at the college's Wanakena Ranger School in St. Lawrence County.


Sophomore Daniel Dohman of Jay said the school is getting him on the path to a career in environmental resources engineering.

"I grew up in Jay and, as a child, I gained a passion for the Adirondacks, hiking, fishing and a real love for nature. Based on my experiences, for anyone who is a conservationist, environmentalist, outdoorsman or genuinely concerned about sustainability, ESF is a great place to be.

"It's often said, and I think this is fairly accurate, that the students at ESF are composed of half tree-huggers and half tree-choppers, but all love being outdoors."

The college has three satellite campuses in the heart of the Adirondacks: Wanakena, Cranberry Lake and Newcomb in Essex County.

The College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Newcomb campus includes Huntington Wildlife Forest, a 15,000-acre field station, the Adirondack Ecological Center, the Arbutus Great Camp, bunkhouses and a dining center.

Dohman said he's taking most of his courses at the main campus in Syracuse.

"Though the campus is located in the heart of Syracuse, many of my classes have brought me out to local streams and forests to identify trees, collect and analyze water samples, observe the health of ecosystems and estimate the sustainability of human actions. All classes here, even the more conservative ones, like my history and economics courses, have been focused on environmental awareness, which I love.

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