Department of Forest Resources


The Department of Forest Resources prepares students for success in careers focused on the sustainable management of natural resources- a vital consideration of modern agriculture and life. By taking part in immersive, hands-on curricula, students learn how to meet society’s demands on forests and wildlife populations while preserving the productivity and beauty of natural landscapes.

Engaged, active learning is at the foundation of a rigorous curriculum that brings together extensive field training with conceptual knowledge to prepare the next generation of forest resource managers. In the Department of Forest Resources, the forest is our classroom! The Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management uses applied learning methods to prepare students with interdisciplinary knowledge, training, and critical thinking skills required to analyze and understand forest management and for success in effectively conserving forests and other natural resources.

Degrees and Tracks

Natural Resource Management (B.S.)

Of Georgia’s 37 million acres of land, 25 million acres are forested. Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management may choose to work for federal and state agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Commission, Natural Resource Conservation Service and many others. Private consulting firms, as well as the Georgia Plantation Industry, offer many career opportunities for our graduates. ABAC’s 1,000-acre teaching forest provides a hands-on learning laboratory for students in the natural resource management major.

Conservation Law Enforcement

Forestry Student Examining Trees

Students with a passion for protecting the environment will feel right at home in the Conservation Law Enforcement track. Studies provide a sturdy foundation of knowledge in wildlife ecology and management while enhancing written and oral communication skills through advanced courses in communication and public administration. Experiential learning plays an important role in the Conservation Law Enforcement track including a heavy focus on lab activities and field trips.

A minimum grade of C is required in all classes in this track. Students must meet additional requirements after graduation to become a certified law enforcement officer in Georgia. Visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website to learn all required steps.

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ABAC Student Making a Fire Break

The Forestry track is designed to educate and prepare students for success in the management of forest resources and forest-based businesses. The ABAC campus provides the perfect backdrop for hands-on learning thanks to our sprawling woods and opportunities to learn outdoors. Graduates of the Forestry degree go on to work in parks and recreation management, resource protection and management, and a variety of other careers that enjoy outdoor offices and time in the woods.

The forestry track is currently in Candidate status for accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SAF is the national organization responsible for accreditation of postsecondary degree-awarding programs in forestry in the U.S.

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The Wildlife track of Natural Resource Management prepares students for careers in the conservation and management of wildlife resources in the Southeast. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of resource management and the various factors at play when it comes to protecting and maintaining our nation’s wildlife populations. Graduates of the Wildlife program go on to work in a variety of careers with focuses on wildlife well-being from government research to conservation research and implementation.

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Contact Information

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ABAC 8, 2802 Moore Hwy., Tifton, GA 31793