Dean’s Message

Dr. Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, Dean
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University
3301 Forestry and Wildlife Building
602 Duncan Drive
Auburn, Alabama 36849-3418
Phone: 334-844-1004

Working with Nature for Society’s Well-Being

Welcome to the School of Forestry and Wildlife Science, a flagship institution for forestry, wildlife, and natural resources! The school is also the back bone to Alabama’s $22 billion forest, wildlife, and natural resources industry. Our mission is to create future professionals and leaders, to develop new knowledge and science based solutions, and share them with individuals, families, communities, and industries so that they can make informed decisions to advance their business and well-being.

Since 1946 we have provided a comprehensive approach to forestry, wildlife, and natural resources education, research, and outreach.  Our graduates are leaders in a diverse array of national and international natural resources-related companies, agencies, and non-profit organizations. Our excellent faculty is committed to helping students translate their interest in natural resources and the environment into a rewarding career.  We have a low student to faculty ratio in our classes to foster greater classroom interactions.

Professors at SFWS are also world-class scientists and provide many opportunities for students to work with them on exciting research projects. Our research, which ranges from biological, ecological, geospatial, to socioeconomic and policy aspects of forestry, wildlife, and natural resources conservation, is primarily focused to help society develop a sustainable future.  

Our classrooms, laboratories, and field sites are world class!  There is an 11-acre Weagle Woods adjacent to our campus  building that is  used as a living laboratory for a number of classes.  Our 400-acres Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest, located just 5 miles from campus, is used extensively in teaching and extension programs.  Our 5,400 acre Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center is located near Andalusia, AL and features a campus with state of the art classrooms and dormitories that can  house over 80 students.  This 5,400 acre classroom  is used for our summer practicum  teaching in forestry and wildlife programs.  We also use it extensively in natural resource outreach, including ecological restoration of longleaf pine forests.

Please enjoy learning about us from our website and Facebook page.  We also invite you to for a campus visit to learn about how our School can help you.

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