University of the Philippines Los Baños

Established as the Forest School on April 19, 1910 through Act 1989, the College of Forestry and Natural Resources is the oldest forestry school in the Philippines. It remains to be a center of excellence in forestry education. The CFNR is at the forefront of teaching, research, and extension in climate change, silviculture, ecology, biodiversity, physiology, agroforestry, social forestry, pulp and paper technology, natural resource management, policy formulation, economics, and community land resource management. Its activities in these manifold concerns converge on the College’s vision to be a world-class leader in the education, science and responsible management of tropical forests, natural resources and the environment. This vision is focused on the development of globally competitive and locally adaptive human resource, inclusive R&D programs, and empowerment of people, institutions and communities for the strengthened and enhanced role of forestry in environmental protection, conservation and national development.

Degree Programs

The Certificate in Forestry is a two-year non-degree curricular model that emphasizes basic social and technical skills for graduates who can competently assist professionals in implementing regulatory and development functions in forestry.


The Bachelor of Science in Forestry is a general curriculum designed to produce graduates who are competent professionals in environmental forestry, production and industrial forestry, social forestry, and agroforestry. Graduates undergo the forestry licensure examination as required by the Professional Regulation Commission


  • Master of Science in Forestry
  • Master of Forestry
  • Master of Science in Natural Resource Conservation
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry

Research and Extension Programs

The CFNR R&D programs are in biodiversity conservation, forest biotechnology, environmental forestry, silviculture, forest resources management, forest restoration, forestry economics, forest policies, forest products utilization, pulp and paper science, agroforestry, natural resources conservation and management, geo-spatial technology, social forestry and governance, mountain ecosystems development, watershed management, biofuels, carbon sequestration and climate change. CFNR conducts trainings and community outreach programs, and it provides technical assistance and policy advocacy programs through the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME), Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability (TREES), and the Forestry Development Center (FDC), and Institute of Agroforestry (IAF). Facilities


CFNR has excellent instruction, research, and extension facilities. It has a mountain for a laboratory, the 4,244.37 ha Makiling Forest Reserve, which contains a gene pool of indigenous and exotic plant and faunal species. It hosts the Makiling Botanic Gardens, Makiling Rainforest Park, and ecotourism sites such as the Flatrocks, Mudspring, and Peak 2.

Major Contributions and Achievements

The CFNR consistently produces top graduates and professionals in forestry. Among its graduates are the country’s topnotch scientists, three of whom are members of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, a recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Career Prospects

CFNR graduates occupy various technical, administrative, and policy making positions in government and in private agencies in the Philippines and in the AsiaPacific region.

Contact Information

Office of the Dean
College of Forestry and Natural Resources
Tamesis Hall, Forestry Campus
University of the Philippines Los Baños
College, Laguna Philippines 4031
Telephone: +63 (049) 536 3996
Fax: +63 (049) 536 2306
Email: [email protected]

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