Las Cruces, NM (population: 95,663) has four forestry schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Northern Arizona University, the highest ranked school in this group with a forestry program, has a total student population of 23,597. It is the 225th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arizona. To learn more about forestry programs in Las Cruces, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of forestry professors at Northern Arizona University such as Stephen Dewhurst, Denver Hospodarsky, Thomas Kolb, Pablo Parysow, and Claudia Walecka-Hutchison.
Forestry students from Las Cruces schools who go on to become forest technicians, foresters, urban foresters, area foresters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 31,440 people working as forest and conservation technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,370. Also, Forestry and conservation science teachers make on average $72,290 per year and there are about 2,380 of them employed in the US today.
Las Cruces lies in Dona Ana county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Las Cruces area has 65,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $18.00/hr average worker wage, and a $37,450 average annual salary.
Of the 4 forestry schools with a 500-mile radius of Las Cruces, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northern Arizona University comes out as the most expensive ($11,306/yr) for forestry students, with Colorado Mountain College as the lowest, reported at only $6,996/yr.