Forest Resources Management
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.
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.
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric FOR 101 Careers in Natural Resources Management 1 PLSC 106 CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry MATH 126 College Algebra
Senior YearFMAN 433 Forest Management FOR 421 Renewable Resources Policy & Governance WDSC 422 Harvesting Forest Products FHYD 444 Watershed Management FMAN 496 Senior Thesis
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- WVU forest scientists successfully cloned the American chestnut, a species almost eradicated by a fungus in the early 1900s.
- About 76% of 2009-2013 Forest Resources Management graduates are employed in their chosen field. An additional 10% are attending graduate school.
English Proficiency Requirements
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. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The Forest Resources Management Program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.
A 2011 graduate, Adam Miller was a member of the Woodsmen Team. In 2011, the group hosted the Mountaineer Lumberjackin’ Championship, which features techniques such as the crosscut, bow saw, underhand chop, axe throw and log roll. The Woodsmen Team competed against teams from Penn State and Virginia Tech. Traditional forestry is a dying art, and events such as this are some of the few places where people can view wood chopping and sawing.