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The College of Natural Resources, established in 1929, is heir to the traditions of two of the oldest forestry programs in the nation: the country's first forestry school, the Biltmore School of Forestry in Asheville, and the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy at Mont Alto. When Mont Alto's program concluded, NC State adopted many of its faculty, students and groundbreaking practices. From its beginnings, the College of Natural Resources' scope and reach has steadily grown to reflect evolving industry needs and environmental concerns.

historical forestry students - History - College of Natural Resources at NC State University

To review our remarkable history is to discover a timeline of breakthroughs in Forestry and Environmental Resources; Forest Biomaterials; and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management – achieved by great academic and research pioneers. Our history of excellence is also a testament to the power of partnerships among academic, industry, nonprofit and government communities.

College History

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Department of Forest Biomaterials