Maritime College Of Forest Technology In New Brunswick, Canada

The Maritime College Of Forest Technology (MCFT), formerly known as the Maritime Forest Ranger School (MFRS) Fredericton, was established in April 1946 in New Brunswick, one of four Atlantic provinces on the east coast of Canada.  The college was established as a co-operative effort of the provincial governments of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and the wood-using industries of the two provinces. the grounds owned by the University of New Brunswick which housed Alexander College and known today as the Fredericton Exhibition Grounds was the original location for MFRS. In 1949 MFRS moved to its new location overlooking the Saint John River Valley.

Before the construction of the new campus in 1986, the MFRS continued to stand alone at this location. This current campus is part of the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre and is presently shared with the Canadian Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources. The institution expanded in 1980 to include a francophone campus in Bathurst, NB.  The MCFT Bathurst faculty continue to train forest technicians in French to this day.

From 1946 to 2003 the MFRS operated on a one year program.  Mature students where the majority of students who enrolled during that time, and came from working backgrounds.  For much of this time it was also a mandatory requirement for students to have prior forestry experience in order to be admitted.

Programs Offered At Maritime College Of Forest Technology

YEAR ONE FIRST SEMESTER                                                        

September to December

  • Botany
  • Communications
  • Computer Applications
  • Dendrology & Silvics
  • Fish & Wildlife Ecology
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Fire Management I
  • Forest Measurements I
  • Forest Navigation
  • Introduction to Forestry Operations
  • Mathematics


January to April

  • Biostatistics for Natural Resource Technicians
  • Fish & Wildlife Biology
  • Forest Fire Management II
  • Forest Measurements II
  • Geomatics I
  • Ground Vegetation Identification
  • Land Measurements
  • Photogrammetry
  • Silviculture
  • Supervisory Development


September to December

  • Advanced Silviculture
  • Entomology & Pathology
  • Forest Harvesting
  • Forest Roads
  • Geomatics II
  • Non-Timber Forest Products I
  • Outdoor Survival


January to April

  • Ethics & Environmental Issues
  • Fish & Wildlife Management
  • Forest Business
  • Forest Management
  • Non-Timber Forest Products II
  • Public Speaking
  • Scaling
  • Urban Forestry
  • Wood Technology

Location Of Maritime College

The College is located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.