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Forest Resources Management

administrative contact

Robert Barricelli
phone: 304-293-0167
fax: 304-293-2441

program contact

Kathryn Gazal
Program Coordinator
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design
phone: 304-293-5321
fax: 304-293-2441

Program Details

Program Description

The Forest Resources Management Program prepares students for an active role in the management of forests. The curriculum emphasizes the management of land for production of timber and wood products with consideration given to other forest values such as wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and water quality. Students gain a clear understanding of how social and economic goals can be met while maintaining the long-term productivity of forested lands. Accredited by the Society of American Foresters, this is one of the few baccalaureate programs in the nation that emphasizes the management of Appalachian hardwood forests.

Career Profile

Although there is always a demand for professionally trained forest managers, the need will increase over the next few decades – especially in the Appalachian Mountain region. Graduates typically find employment with state and federal land management agencies, industrial landowners and private forestry consulting firms.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

West Virginia University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Forest Resources Management Program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.