Forests are a vast part of the American landscape and a significant driver of Alabama’s economy. Forests represent a renewable resource, recreation, a financial asset, and a diverse array of careers for those interested in working with nature. The Auburn forestry program provides students with the knowledge to sustain and manage the diverse forest resources that make up local and regional landscapes.
For a hands-on introduction to field work, students in the forestry program spend the summer between their second and third years at our summer practicum program held at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center outside Andalusia, Alabama. In their senior year, students may choose one of ten emphasis areas: forest biology, land management, forest operations, forest products, urban forestry, business, wildlife management, spatial analysis, policy, and a scholar’s option.
As the forestry profession continues to evolve to focus upon sustainable operations and resource management, specialization in these areas prepares our students for a variety of career fields which promise well-paying salaries and opportunities, including:
- Logistics and operations
- Land and resource management
- Forestry consulting
- Forest finance and investments
- Biomass research and product development