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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


Alumna Sheila Eyler is profiled is a USFWS “Science Woman” profile HERE.

Dr. Jingxin Wang will lead a team of WVU researchers trying to make green energy materials even greener by using naturally occurring nanometer-level structures that already exist in plant matter to develop a more efficient and lower cost solution that remains environmentally friendly. 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.”

Wildlife and Fisheries Resources major Hannah Clipp was awarded the 2014 Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarship. Read more HERE and in SAF NEWS.

A team of West Virginia University researchers is taking “DNA fingerprints” of the Mountain State’s bobcat population to evaluate whether there should be future increases or decreases in bag limits or if the season should be shortened or lengthened. Read more HERE.

Alice Millikin, a Wildlife and Fisheries graduate student, will study restored wetlands and their salamander populations as a WVU Ruby Fellow. *Read more HERE.

Dr. Nicolas Zegre* has been named as one of the Top Five Forestry Professors in the nation by Fire Science. Read more HERE.

The WVU team of Mathew Gibson and Edward Rude III won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Invitational tournament on the Potomac River Sunday. Read more HERE.

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..

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.

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

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