The UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR)

CFNR AT A GLANCE

The College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) is one of the 11 degree-granting units of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). As the Philippines’ oldest and finest academic institution of higher learning in forestry, its strength lies on its top-caliber faculty members, competent research, extension, and professional staff, and dedicated administrative personnel spread in its four academic departments – the Forest Biological Sciences, Forest Products and Paper Science, Social Forestry and Forest Governance and the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, and to its support units as well.

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  • Vision
  • Mission
  • History
  • Highlights
  • Public Service

Vision

A world-class leader in the education, science and responsible management of tropical forests, natural resources and the environment.

Mission

  • Developing globally competitive and locally-adaptive human resources imbued with technical, social and moral competencies for forestry, natural resources and environmental management.​
  • Pioneering knowledge generation and innovative enterprise management and technologies through research and development programs and policy initiatives that increase natural productivity, strengthen cultural values, enhance ecosystem services, and respond to national issues and imperatives.​
  • Empowering people, institutions and communities for sustainable forests, natural resources and environmental development and governance towards a better quality of life.​
  • Empowering people, institutions and communities for sustainable forests, natural resources and environmental development and governance towards a better quality of life.​

History

The College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) is one of the 11 degree-granting units of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). Established in 1910, CFNR is the Philippines’ oldest and finest academic institution of higher learning in forestry. 

CFNR is one of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Center of Excellence in Forestry Education and the only certified BS Forestry program by the ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA). 

The teaching, research, and extension programs of CFNR are anchored on watershed management, climate change, silviculture, ecology, biodiversity, physiology, agroforestry, pulp and paper technology, natural resources management, policy formulation, governance, economics, and social forestry. CFNR is the unit directly responsible for the management of the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, the 33rd ASEAN Heritage Park. 

Highlights

CFNR is the top-performing forestry school in the country. It averaged a passing rate of 99.06% in the Forester Licensure Examination for the last five years.

Its BS Forestry degree program is certified by the ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance and is consistently recognized as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Forestry Education by CHED in the years 2000-2005, 2009-2012, 2012-2015 and 2016-2018.

The College manages the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, a 4,000 hectare biodiversity hotspot, which serves as a living and learning laboratory for students. It was declared an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2013.

Public Service

CFNR’s public service activities include watershed protection campaigns, eco-school projects, technology demonstrations, annual youth summer programs, park interpretation and visitor services, roving seminars on conserving MMFR, livelihood profiling, IEC programs, educators’ fora and community linkaging, among others.