Public Service and Outreach

Mission

The Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources public service and outreach program is designed to place the latest ideas and technology in forestry and natural resources management into real world application by the residents of Georgia to enhance the use and value of Georgia’s vital renewable natural resources.

Structure

Like the natural ecosystems we steward, Warnell’s outreach programs are fully integrated with the teaching and research elements of the school’s mission, such that each supports the others to make the most efficient use of resources. The majority of Warnell’s 54 faculty have joint appointments with research and teaching, or teaching and outreach; and all faculty, regardless of their appointment, are expected to actively support all three elements of the School’s mission. We have 6.95 EFT assigned to public service and outreach.

The public service and outreach program is supported by programming at the Mary Kahrs Warnell Forest Education Center located within the 3,200-acre Dorothy Warnell Research, Education and Demonstration Forest; The Thompson Mills Forest and State Arboretum located on 318 acres in the Piedmont of North Georgia; the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, a primarily web-based education / technical assistance program; and the Cohutta Fisheries Center, a 65-acre research and extension facility with 19 acres of ponds and two raceways used for fisheries research and outreach, located in Northwest Georgia.

In addition, the School manages more than 24,000 acres of forestland located throughout the state. The different properties represent many of the unique habitats found in Georgia, and support Warnell’s programs in outreach as well as teaching and research.

Function

Warnell faculty work cooperatively with private corporations and foundations, as well as public agencies (federal, state and local) and other units within the University System of Georgia and neighboring states to provide the latest training in natural resources management and use. Clientele served include college students (undergraduate and graduate); practicing natural resources professionals; industry; federal, state and local agencies; K-12 educators; resource decision makers, private landowners and residents primarily from the state of Georgia, but also from the southeast and worldwide.

The Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, established in 1906, is the oldest program in the South that provides service and outreach programs in all aspects of forestry and forest management, water and soils resources, wildlife, fisheries, and natural resources recreation. Outreach activities include not only landowner assistance, short courses, workshops, field days, and continuing education; but also on-line classes, TV programming, publication of handbooks and manuals, and presentations at professional conferences.

For additional highlights and feature stories on Outreach and Research activities of the faculty, staff, and students at Warnell, please see the School's Annual Reports.