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Student Organizations

Make friends. Get involved. The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources has a number of student clubs and organizations to help you find your niche.

image of American Fisheries Society members American Fisheries Society

The WVU Student Sub-Unit of the American Fisheries Society was formed in 2000. Their mission is to provide a professional forum for fisheries students and faculty members interested in fisheries pursuits. Prior to recognition by the parent chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), fisheries students were involved in the WVU Wildlife and Fisheries Club. The fisheries students became interested in different goals and pursuits than the wildlife group, which provided the impetus to form a recognized AFS subunit at WVU.

Energy Land Management Association

Foster’s relationship building among ELM students; cultivates relationships between ELMA students and professionals; and develops community support/volunteer skills as an official WVU student association.

student sawing log

WVU Forestry Club

The WVU Forestry Club is an all inclusive group of students from all campuses that are heavily involved in representing WVU at various woodsman competitions through out the United States. These competitions implement traditional and fundamental forestry/logging practices that feed into the STIHL Timbersports series. The club has crucial partnerships with the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources Alumni Association and Adventure WV to help facilitate events such as the alumni banquet and WVU Forest Day held every April. . WVU Forestry Club Facebook

members of fps Forest Products Society

The student club for Wood Science and Technology or other interested students. FPS is an international society of professionals in the wood products industry, government agencies, and universities. The student chapter constructs various woodworking projects for the benefit of the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Wood Science and Technology program.

members of MANRRS Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences

This organization strives to promote and implement initiatives which foster inclusion and advancement of members of ethnic/cultural groups underrepresented in agricultural and natural resource sciences and related fields.

image of Rec and Park org members Professional Recreation and Parks Society

Mission Statement: – To provide students with information about job opportunities, internships, scholarships, etc. through guest speakers, bimonthly meetings, emails and other forms of communication. To provide services to the community—especially in the Recreation field. To be fun! We cannot be all work and no play, after all, we are recreationists!

Society of American Foresters   students standing in front of forest

To advance the science, technology, education, and practice of professional forestry in America and to use the knowledge and skill of the profession to benefit society. 

WVU Chapter of the Wildlife Society

Student organization that is geared toward wildlife and fisheries majors to assist their education with recreational and professional opportunities. 

female student holding bird WVU Chapter of Society of Conservation Biology 

The mission of the WVU Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology is to unite and inspire members with a love for nature and wildlife. We will promote awareness of global, regional, and local conservation issues and encourage participation in conservation efforts by providing career and networking opportunities for members as well as engaging the community through citizen science and hands-on activities. 

student on ropes in tree WVU Student Society of Arboriculture & Urban Forestry

This organization educates and advises members to the science, technology, education and practice of urban forestry, arboriculture and related fields and to use the knowledge and skill of the profession to benefit the members and society. 

Xi Sigma Pi 

An honorary dedicated to securing and maintaining a high standard of scholarship in forest resources management education, to work for the improvement of the forest resource management profession, and to promote a fraternal spirit among those engaged in activities related to the forest resources. 

Want to see what other student organizations are available? A complete list of student organizations is available on the  WVU Davis College website.