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Welcome to the Division of Forestry & Natural Resources

The Division of Forestry & Natural Resources strives to spark passion in our students for the principles of stewardship and sustainability of our renewable natural resources by:

  • offering students the education to assume leadership roles,
  • advancing research knowledge, and
  • providing technical information and professional service to society.

The Division of Forestry & Natural Resources is committed to providing students with quality educational experiences both in and out of the classroom. We recognize that students are our future supporters, colleagues, and citizens, reflecting our best efforts to the outside world. Our faculty conscientiously make every effort to integrate teaching and research in the classroom, providing opportunities to develop skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, creative problem solving, and the use of cutting-edge technology.

For More Information

Recruiting Coordinator
Division of Forestry & Natural Resources
PO Box 6125
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6125
Toll Free: 866-248-1206
Local: 304-293-0167
Fax: 304-293-2441
E-Mail: forestry@mail.wvu.edu


The Energy Land Management major achieved a crucial milestone on Sept. 19 when WVU’s Board of Governors officially approved a Bachelor of Science degree in Energy Land Management. The milestone follows WVU Faculty Senate’s approval in June and is the result of a year of hard work from the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design that made the program a reality. Read more HERE and HERE...

Eric Merriam, a doctoral candidate in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, is the second WVU student ever to be awarded the EPA’s STAR Graduate Fellowship. READ MORE

Zack Vucurevich, a senior in DFNR’s program in Wilife and Fisheries Management, is one of eight students picked for the State DNR’s internship program. READ MORE

WVU has received $250,000 from the USDA to explore the power of wood as an energy resource. Professor Jingxin Wang will lead and coordinate a 17-member team to facilitate bio-business development in West Virginia. READ MORE

Crissa Cooey, a doctoral student in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, was recognized for her research into wild bird populations by the Association of Field Ornithologists. READ MORE.

Hundreds of firefighters from several states got some hands-on training at the eighth annual Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy. Read WBOY coverage HERE and Dominion Post coverage HERE, or watch a video at THIS LINK.

Stuart Welsh, Adjunct Associate Professor of ichthyology in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, discovered a new species of catfish in Australia and recently had his findings published in Copeia, an internationally respected and widely-cited journal that publishes original research on fish, amphibians and reptiles. READ MORE

Senior Spotlight: Graduating Recreation, Parks and Tourism major Lori Hustead

Senior Spotlight: Graduating Wildlife and Fisheries Resources major Bryan Blawut

Christina Hendricks promotes sustainable forestry and the Montreal Process. WATCH VIDEO.

Division Grad Student Shannon Behmke recognized for her conservation efforts and her dedication to Peace Corps.

Congratulations to the WVU Fishing Club for its 2nd Place win at the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Invitational earlier this month! The win secures $5000 for the WVU chapter. The club’s adviser is Dr. George Merovich.

Sharing the Wind: WVU researchers try to balance competing needs of wildlife and energy development.

Dr. Jim Anderson, Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, has co-edited the three-volume Wetland Techniques for Springer.

Daniel Walton, an undergraduate student in the Division’s Forest Resources Management Program, has been awarded the national Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarship.

The Society for Freshwater Science has included a piece about research by Division scientists Dr. George Merovich and Dr. J. Todd Petty on stream condition classification systems. You can see the article HERE and the research publication that inspired it HERE.

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.

The WVU EnvironMentors chapter has been named 2013 Chapter of the Year and produced some Wins in the National Competition

Division scientist Dr. Todd Petty is currently profiled in a WVU Magazine piece entitled Sustainable Streams, Sustainable Education.

WVU has inaugurated a zipline canopy tour in the West Virginia University Research Forest, the first of its kind for any US university. A second feature story can also be found HERE

WBOY presents coverage of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy, hosted by the Division June 8-14, 2013.

Division scientist Dr. Kaushlendra Singh is one of six higher education faculty in WV to receive mini-grants from the Division of Science and Research, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. These mini-Grants fund summer stipends for faculty members to prepare research grant proposals.

The 2014 Alumni Weekend will be held April 11 & 12, 2014. The times and locations of specific events are listed here.

The Eastern Golden Eagle Working Group, co-led by Dr. Todd Katzner, has received the Wings Across the Americas Award issued by the U.S. Forest Service in recognition of individuals and groups that provide outstanding contributions to international conservation of important bird species.

Kirk Groves graduated last fall with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources and is now working at a South Texas game ranch. See the WV METRO NEWS story here.

The Division’s Dr. Todd Katzner researches population trends of Mojave golden eagles for protection of the species.

Dr. Jingxin Wang will lead WVU participation in a US$9.98 million biofuels project that could help lead the way to a renewable energy-based economy by utilizing marginal agricultural land and reclaimed and abandoned mined land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants.