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Encyclopedia > State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Established 1911
Type Public
President Cornelius B. Murphy Jr.
Location Syracuse, NY, USA
Campus Urban and Rural
Mascot Eustace B. Nifkin
Website ESF website

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) is a specialized doctoral-granting institution of the State University of New York. Its main campus is located in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, New York, USA. It shares a campus with, and is adjacent to, Syracuse University. It operates a number of satellite campuses, including the Ranger School in Wanakena, New York, USA. ESF's curriculum focus on the understanding and management of natural resources. Image File history File links Esf. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... Nickname: Location of Syracuse within the state of New York Coordinates: , City Government  - Mayor Matthew Driscoll (D) Area  - City 66. ... “NY” redirects here. ... Crowded Shibuya, Tokyo shopping district An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China An artists rendering of an aerial view of the Maryland countryside: Jane Frank (Jane Schenthal Frank, 1918-1986), Aerial Series: Ploughed Fields, Maryland, 1974, acrylic and mixed materials on apertured double canvas, 52... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... The State University of New York, abbreviated SUNY (IPA pronunciation: ) is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. ... University Hill is a neighborhood in Syracuse, New York, located directly east of downtown, on one of the few hills in Syracuse. ... Nickname: Location of Syracuse within the state of New York Coordinates: , City Government  - Mayor Matthew Driscoll (D) Area  - City 66. ... Syracuse University (SU) is a private nonsectarian research university located in Syracuse, New York. ... Fine is a town located in St. ...



ESF was created through a special bill signed by New York's Governor Dix in 1911, which established the College as the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University. Unlike other New York state-supported degree-granting institutions which had been created, or would eventually be created, at other private institutions in New York State, the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University was an autonomous institution that was administratively not part of its host institution. In other words, the forestry college was not administratively part of Syracuse University. This is in contrast to New York's contract colleges such as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, which is a part of Cornell University. “NY” redirects here. ... In higher education in the US state of New York, a statutory college is a college or school that is a component of a university which is officially designated a private university, but such component receives significant public funding from New York State and is administratively also part of the... The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (abbreviated to CALS or Ag School) at Cornell University is a contract college of New York and is considered by many to be the top school of agriculture-related sciences in the world. ... “Cornell” redirects here. ...

With the formation of the State University of New York (SUNY) in 1948, the College became recognized as a specialized college within the SUNY system. The College's name was changed to State University College of Forestry at Syracuse University. In 1972, the College's name was changed yet again to State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Main Campus

The Syracuse campus is ESF's main campus, and is where most academic and administrative activity takes place. It is made up of seven main buildings:

  • Baker Laboratory: Named after Hugh P. Baker, the College's first dean. The building is the location of several computer clusters and auditorium-style classrooms. It is home to the construction and management and wood products engineering department. The building is undergoing major renovation.
  • Bray Hall: The building is the oldest on campus, completed in 1917, the largest building devoted to Forestry at the time. It is named after William L. Bray, a founder of the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University. It is the location of most administrative offices, and the forest and natural resources management and environmental resources and forest engineering department.
  • Illick Hall: The building was completed in 1968, and is home to the environmental and forest biology department. It is named after Joseph S. Illick, a dean of the State University College of Forestry at Syracuse University. There is a large lecture hall (Illick 5) in the basement. Several greenhouses are located on the fifth floor. The Roosevelt Wildlife Museum is also located in the building.
  • Jahn Laboratory: Named after Edwin C. Jahn, a dean of the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University. The building is the newest on the campus, completed in 1997. Home to the chemistry department.
  • Marshall Hall: Named after Louis B. Marshall, one of the founders of the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University. Home to the landscape architecture and environmental studies departments. The Alumni (Nifkin) Lounge, Gallery (snack bar), Small Stores gift shop, and Marshall Auditorium are located within it.
  • Moon Library: Dedicated to F. Franklin Moon, an early dean of the College. Completed in 1968, along with Illick Hall. A computer cluster and student lounge are located in the basement.
  • Walters Hall: Named after J. Henry Walters, who served on the College's Board of Trustees. Completed in 1969. Home to the paper science and engineering department. A paper mill is located in the basement.

Bray Hall, Marshall Hall, Illick Hall, and Moon Library border the quad. Louis B. Marshall (b. ...

There is also a maintenance and operations building, garage, and greenhouse converted to office space. A research support building is in the planning phase.

The historical Robin Hood Oak is located behind Bray Hall. The tree was grown from an acorn brought back by a faculty member from the Sherwood Forest in England. It was the first tree to be listed on the National Registrar of Historic Trees in the United States.

Wanakena Campus

Students in the forest and natural resources management curriculum spend an academic year (48 credits) or summer at the "Ranger School," as it is simply called, to earn an associates degree in forest technology or surveying. The campus is situated on the Oswegatchie River that connects to Cranberry Lake, in the northwestern part of the Adirondack Park. It includes the 3000 acre James F. Dubuar Memorial Forest. Cranberry Lake is a lake in the Adirondack Mountains and the Adirondack State Park in New York in the USA. Most of the lake is in the eastern end of the Town of Clifton, but a small part of the east side of the lake is in the Town of... The Adirondack Park, is a large state park in northeast New York. ...

Other Campuses

  • Cranberry Lake Biological Station: Located in the Adirondack Park, it is the site of the College's summer field program in environmental and forest biology.
  • Huntington Wildlife Forest: A 6,000 hectare (15,000 acre) field station in the central Adirondack Mountains located near Newcomb, New York. It includes the Adirondack Ecological Center[1], the Arbutus Great Camp, bunkhouses, and a dining center, among other facilities.
  • Tully Campus: Location of the Heiberg Memorial Forest and Genetic Field Station.
  • Warrensburg Campus: Location of the Pack Demostrtation Forest and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Environmental Education Camp.
  • Thousand Islands Campus: Situated in the Thousand Islands are the Thousand Islands Biological Station and Ellis International Laboratory.
  • Forest Experimental Station: Located in the City of Syracuse.

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The ESF mission statement is "to advance knowledge and skills and to promote the leadership necessary for the stewardship of both the natural and designed environments." ESF is a "specialized institution" of the State University of New York, meaning that curriculum have a focus in one field, the College's being environmental management and stewardship. Students supplement their education with courses taken at Syracuse University.

ESF has academic departments in the fields of chemistry; construction management and wood products engineering; environmental and forest biology; environmental resources and forest engineering; environmental studies; forest and natural resources management; landscape architecture; and paper science and engineering.

Campus Life

Many students identify themselves as a "Stumpy" (or "Stumpie"). The nickname was given to students by their neighbors at Syracuse University, probably in the 1920s, and most-likely refers to forestry "stump jumpers". Although originally used as an insult, students today embrace the nickname with pride.

Students at the Syracuse campus enjoy many activities on and off campus. There are a number of student clubs and organizations at ESF, including the Undergraduate Student Association, Graduate Student Association, Woodsmen Team, Bob Marshall Club, Alpha Xi Sigma Honor Society, Soccer Club, Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society, The Knothole (weekly newspaper), Papyrus Club, The Empire Forester (yearbook), Landscape Architecture Club (formally the Mollet Club), Forest Engineers Club, Habitat for Humanity, Ecologue (yearly journal), the Bioethics Society, Green Campus Initiative, and Baobab Society. Wanakena students have their own woodsmen and ice hockey teams. A number of professional organizations are also open to student membership, including the Society of American Foresters, Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Association, and the American Water Resources Association. Additionally, ESF students are welcomed to join any organization at Syracuse University except for NCAA sports teams.

ESF has an agreement with adjacent Syracuse University that allows its students enjoy many of the amenities offered by SU. ESF students can take SU classes, live in SU residence halls, and join any SU organization except for NCAA sports teams. Because of this, students feel a certain degree of integration within the Syracuse University community. ESF's commencement ceremony is held together with Syracuse University in the Carrier Dome every May. Syracuse University (SU) is a private nonsectarian research university located in Syracuse, New York. ... The Carrier Dome is a 51,000-seat domed sports stadium located on the campus of Syracuse University in New York State, USA. It is home to the Syracuse Orange football, basketball, and lacrosse teams. ...

Students also enjoy a variety of shops, restaurants, museums, and theaters in Syracuse, and nearby Marshall Street and Westcott Street. Nickname: Location of Syracuse within the state of New York Coordinates: , City Government  - Mayor Matthew Driscoll (D) Area  - City 66. ... Marshall Street in August 2003, filled with students and their families. ... Westcott Street during the annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair in September 2004 Westcott is a neighborhood in Syracuse, New York near Syracuse University. ...


The best known tradition among ESF students is that walking across the quad is shunned. The tradition most likely started in the 1980s or 1990s to inhibit tracks being worn into the grass. Hecklers have been known to yell and even tackle people walking across the quad. However, other activities such as frisbee and soccer playing are encouraged.

Eustace B. Nifkin, ESF's mascot, is an unofficial student. He first appeared in the 1940s after a group of students summering in the Adirondacks thought him up. Ever since, he has appeared on class rosters, written articles for The Knothole, and sent mail to the College from around the world. He has a girlfriend, the lesser-known Elsa S. Freeborn. SUNY granted him a bachelor's degree in 1972. The lounge in Marshall Hall is dedicated to Nifkin.

Traditional events include:

  • Earth Week events
  • Spring Banquet
  • December Soiree
  • Friends and Family BBQ
  • Coffee Hauses
  • Festival of Places
  • Paper run
  • Doughnut Hours

External links

  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • ESF Annual Report
  • ESF Ranger School
  • Cranberry Lake Biological Station
  • Adirondack Ecological Center
  • Thousand Islands Biological Station

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