Forests and Facilities

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources’ main office is located in Jordan Hall suite 3120. Our classrooms, laboratories, computer labs, as well as faculty, staff and graduate student offices are primarily located in Jordan Hall, Jordan Hall Addition and Biltmore Hall.

Also available to students, staff and faculty is the Natural Resources Library, located in Jordan Hall. Our branch of NC State Libraries provides specific research and instructional support for the College of Natural Resources, the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at NC State.

Living Laboratories for Educational Advancement

The College of Natural Resources owns  and maintains a diverse land base of forest and wetland areas to provide students and faculty with outdoor laboratories for academic and research work. Proceeds from forest management and recreational earnings support student scholarships and provide resources for the college. The NC State Natural Resources Foundation, Inc. is responsible for management of 85,000 acres of land contained in the Hosley, Goodwin, Gates, Taylor, Timaca, Lee  and Hofmann forests. Staff within the College of Natural Resources take direct responsibility for the management of an additional 10,000 acres in the Hill, Schenck and Bull Neck Swamp tracts.

Lands Managed by the NC State Natural Resources Foundation, Inc.

  • Gates County Forest is a 3,735 acre property located on the last major bend in the Chowan River in northeastern North Carolina just west of the Great Dismal Swamp in Gates County. The Chowan River supports a rich network of creeks, swamps and ecosystems.
  • Hofmann Forest is a working industrial-scale tract of nearly 78,940 contiguous acres located in the coastal region of North Carolina adjacent to the city of Jacksonville and spanning Jones and Onslow counties.
  • Hosley Forest is a 265-acre tract located in Franklin County. Donated in 1994 by Wilfred Hosley of Wake Forest, N.C., the forest includes examples of both intensively-managed pine plantations and natural bottomland hardwood stands.
  • James Goodwin Forest in Moore County near Carthage, N.C., includes 1,319 acres formerly used as cotton fields and rundown woodlots. The forest was restored by its prior owner, James L. Goodwin, who was a trained forester from Yale University. Goodwin planted open lands with pine seedlings and succeeded in reforesting the area.
  • Lee Forest includes 126 acres in Johnston County, N.C.
  • Taylor Forest includes 118 acres in  Nash County, N.C.
  • Timaca Forest includes 102 acres in Person County, N.C.

Lands Managed by College of Natural Resources Staff

  • Bull Neck Swamp Research Forest covers 5,500 acres in North Carolina’s Albemarle Sound.
  • G. W. Hill Demonstration Forest is a 2,450-acre forest in Durham County and home to the Forest Management and Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology student Summer Camp at Camp Slocum. Still hunting, fox hunting, horseback riding, biking, hiking and fishing activities are allowed with a lease or permit. A road system allows access and there is some instrumentation (rain gages, flow meters and ground water wells) onsite. Apply for a permit.
  • Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest is a 300-acre property located in highly developed western Wake County about 10 minutes from the NC State campus.

Forestry and Environmental Resources Related Centers

  • The Center for Geospatial Analytics is a multi-disciplinary initiative aspiring to develop an internationally recognized Geospatial Science and Technology research and graduate education program that builds on NC State’s recognized strengths in analytics, statistics and computational sciences while expanding our currently successful programs in the environmental science applications of these technologies. The center was established in 1983 and is administered by the College of Natural Resources.
  • The NC State Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology is a field research organization headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., with laboratory outposts across North Carolina. The Center sponsors research on topics ranging from freshwater to coastal marine ecosystems.
  • Pamlico Aquaculture Field Laboratory is located in Aurora, N.C., about two and a half hours east of Raleigh. It is built in a Pamlico River drainage area, making it ideal for aquaculture research and and extension efforts, including fish biology studies and related natural resource issues.
  • The Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) is a 51,000-square-foot marine laboratory located in Morehead City, N.C. that is owned and operated by NC State University. The Center fosters multidisciplinary studies among research scientists, educators and extension specialists from various NC State colleges and departments.
  • The Turner House, located at 110 Brooks Avenue, off Hillsborough Street, is home to the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology program. Inside you’ll find Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology faculty and staff, Leopold Wildlife Club meeting space and a small resources library. Outside, the grounds are considered a demonstration landscape for native plants that encourage native biodiversity.