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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


Gregory Dahle has received the Early-Career Scientist Award from the International Society of Arboriculture. Read more Here

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. Michael Strager has earned the 2015 WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching. Read more HERE.

Patrick Large and Justin Booth are two of only 30 students to receive $5,000 scholarships from the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) Landman Scholarship Trust. Read more HERE.

Dr. Greg Dahle has been awarded a significant grant from The Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund. Read more HERE.

Wood Science and Technology scientists, Dr. Jingxin Wang and Dr. Jamie Schuler, are leading a $3 million bioenergy effort.

Wildlife and Fisheries senior Lucas Price has been honored with the Order of Augusta, WVU’s most prestigious student honor. Read more HERE.

Wildlife and Fisheries junior Hannah Clipp has become the first WVU student to win both the Udall and Goldwater scholarships. Read more HERE.

Alumna Sheila Eyler is profiled in 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...

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.

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

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.

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.

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