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The College of Natural Resources is the go-to place for solutions to natural resources challenges. Our research seeks to meet people’s economic and social needs while protecting the planet for future generations.

Frontline Science

Researchers at the College of Natural Resources aren’t just at the forefront of their respective disciplines; their work is in demand wherever human activity intersects with the natural world. They’re experts in the management and preservation of natural resources, providing guidance for how we collectively make use of our planet.

The college’s traditional areas of research strength — such as paper science and engineering, forest management and conservation, and parks, recreation and tourism management — are complemented by multidisciplinary approaches to solving our modern global challenges. We’re developing healthy and sustainable communities, providing low-cost and eco-friendly hygiene products for millions of women and girls, and aiding in the creation of renewable energy sources.

Across the state, the region and the nation, we empower industries, government agencies and communities to overcome natural resources challenges and make smarter and more sustainable decisions that benefit everyone. In this 21st century, our work has never been more relevant — or more vital.

$50M+ in Sponsored Research

Industry leaders and government seek out our college for its foundational and applied research.

Branching Out

No single discipline can surmount all challenges. Our increasingly interdependent world demands creative, cross-disciplinary solutions that respect the complexity of the problems we face. As a nexus for widely varied fields and research applications, the College of Natural Resources is adept at collaborative, combinative research.

NC State, too, is nationally recognized as a leader in interdisciplinary innovation: The university’s Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program brings together the brightest minds from myriad disciplines, forming clusters of faculty to tackle problems of global significance. And researchers from the College of Natural Resources are key figures in two such clusters.

McIntire-Stennis Program

The McIntire-Stennis program, a unique federal-state partnership, cultivates and delivers forestry and natural resource innovations for a better future. By advancing research and education that increases the understanding of emerging challenges and fosters the development of relevant solutions, the McIntire-Stennis program has ensured healthy resilient forests and communities and an exceptional natural resources workforce since 1962.

McIntire Stennis - - College of Natural Resources at NC State