Gender gap in Maine forestry closes — a little

By / Maine Biz

A growing number of women are entering Maine’s forestry industry. But a new study finds there are still plenty of leaks in the industry’s education-to-employment pipeline.

Mindy Crandall, a former UMaine assistant professor of forest landscape management, co-authored the study “An Adaptive and Evidence-Based Approach to Building and Retaining Gender Diversity within a University Forestry Education Program: A Case Study of SWIFT,” which was published last month.

The study found that, in Maine, just 8% of licensed foresters, or 52 of 680, are women, despite an effort begun in 2016 to increase that ratio.

In  2016, a group of female University of Maine faculty and students concerned about the low number of women graduating from UMaine with bachelor’s degrees in forestry formed a group called Supporting Women in Forestry Today, or SWIFT.