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Welcome to the Forest Resources Management program at West Virginia University!

We are a recognized leader in preparing students for careers in professional forestry ranging from consulting for private woodland owners to managing vast tracts of public forestlands. Students are trained in life sciences—biology, ecology, tree identification, sustainable forestry—and specialized sciences such as forest biometrics, forest economics, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing of forest resources.

Industry demand for qualified arboriculturists is increasing. Entering job salaries and salary potential are high, and qualified graduates specializing in arboriculture are actively recruited. The minor in arboriculture and urban forestry prepares students to pursue opportunities in the profession as an arborist or urban forester. As a result, West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design now houses one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s best opportunities to study arboriculture.

The Forest Resources Management Program at WVU is a great environment for learning about the earth’s natural resources and ways that these resources can be sustainably managed to serve society and future generations. Students study, recreate, and work together inside and outside of classes as they train to become future leaders in forest resources management.

In the Spotlight…

  • Greg Dahle has co-written Urban Forestry 2020: A Closer Look at an Emerging Profession in the December 2015 edition of Arborist News.
  • WVU-led Research: Decreasing Biodiversity Affects Remaining Plants’ Productivity: A team of scientists, led by Dr. Jingjing Liang, used data from Alaska’s boreal forests to develop a model that measures and quantifies the effects of plant productivity resulting from a loss of species diversity. Read more HERE.
  • Dr. Gregory Dahle has received the Early-Career Scientist Award from the International Society of Arboriculture. Read more Here.
  • Dr. Greg Dahle has been awarded a significant grant from The Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund. Read more HERE.
  • CNN names Landmen #3 on its 2015 list of Best Jobs in America. “As the nation’s energy boom unfolds, landmen are needed to negotiate oil and gas leases between the companies and the folks that own the resources.”
  • Does taper affect bending stress at the base of branches? Dr. Greg Dahl discusses his research into tree risk assessment and the factors that can lead to branch failure in an audio file available from the International Society of Arboriculture HERE.
  • Christina Hendricks promotes sustainable forestry and the Montreal Process. WATCH VIDEO.
  • Daniel Walton, an undergraduate student in the Division’s Forest Resources Management Program, has been awarded the national Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarship.
  • A team at WVU has been working for years with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to examine all of the factors that led to warmer temperatures, a wider and shallower stream and other changes that over time threatened the brook trout productivity of Shaver’s Creek as a natural and economic resource. See the mini-documentary HERE.
  • Faculty from WVU’s Division of Forestry and Natural Resources will travel to the Lakin Correctional Center in West Columbia, W.Va. It’s the first step in a program faculty are calling “Secure Our Future with Education and Training.” Read More>>
  • Dr. Dave McGill s planning a series of seminars on the science of tree measurement. The seminars will employ artfully designed models of regional trees created by FRM grad student Elizabeth Basham.. Read More>>
  • Dr. Greg Dahle is helping WVU spread the word about the benefits of urban trees. Read More>>
  • The Friends of Firewood program engages firewood producers and will give the Mountain State’s firewood industry the boost it needs to be more sustantial and sustainable. Read More>>
  • The Woodland Welcome Wagon program “funded by the West Virginia Division of Forestry, is designed to help connect woodland owners with those that can help them establish their ideal woodland, whether they plan to harvest forest resources or maintain the natural environment.” Read More>>
  • Nicolas Zegre, Forest Hydrologist in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, and Shiki Sharma, a geochemist in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, are working on a study to address the effects of natural gas drilling on water supplies. Read More>>