ESF Ranger School Professor Michael Bridgen has Climbed to the Top of the Career Tree
from the Watertown Daily Times
Here & Now
Michael Bridgen, associate professor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School, Wanakena, has climbed to the top of the career tree, having recently been awarded a State University of New York Chancellor's Award for excellence in teaching.
The Chancellor's Award recognizes faculty members who have consistently demonstrated superb teaching at the undergraduate, graduate or professional levels.
Mr. Bridgen, who joined the Ranger School faculty in 1992, teaches dendrology, silviculture, spatial analysis of forest resources and timber harvesting. He also contributes to two other team-taught classes.
He developed a four-hour introductory hike around the campus, in which he describes the history and contemporary nature of the school and its curriculum, organized the school's student hockey team, taught a martial arts evening class and participates in weekend outings with students interested in learning more about dendrology, the study of plants and trees.
Mr. Bridgen has worked with the St. Regis Mohawk reservation to develop a map identifying types of forests that exist in the Hogansburg area and worked with the Mohawks on a project to preserve black ash trees that are used for traditional basketry. He has also studied regeneration of white pine stands and strategies for restoring or improving poor quality hardwood stands in the northern Adirondacks.
Mr. Bridgen received degrees from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and Michigan State University, East Lansing.