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Message from the Director

Dr. Allen Rutherford, DirectorWe currently face global natural resource challenges that range from climate change to resource sustainability. Water pollution and eutrophication continue to create problems for downstream users. The potential for climate change to alter biodiversity and along with land-use changes associated with increasing population densities are pressing natural resource issues. These, and other natural resource challenges, will require a well-trained professional workforce for many years to come. We believe that the School is a truly unique place to learn and grow as a natural resource professional. We offer a diversity of undergraduate and graduate degree programs including forest resource management, forest enterprise, forest products, fisheries and aquaculture, wildlife ecology, conservation biology, watershed science, and pre-veterinary medicine. We have a faculty that is student-oriented and dedicated to student professional development. Our programs offer learning environments that include classroom and laboratory instruction, and because most of our careers are out of the office, our students spend much of their time in the field.

We urge RNR students to take part in experiences that suit their interests and support their professional career goals. Integral to all of our programs are hands-on experiences that, we feel, help students connect with activities beyond the traditional classroom. Our students are urged to take part in internships, independent research, local and national conferences, and community-oriented activities. Many of our students have received academic recognition from local, state, national, and international organizations for their achievements.

I invite you to explore our site to learn more about the diversity of programs we offer, and I urge you to consider becoming a part of our Renewable Natural Resources program.

We are committed to teaching, research, and service excellence. Our Forest Resource Management program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters and graduates with B.S. Degrees in Natural Resource Ecology and Managements are qualified to become certified Wildlife or Fisheries biologist. Our award-winning faculty members are dedicated mentors and educators as well as outstanding scholars in their disciplines. We are dedicated to your success.

If you would like additional information, do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to answer any questions you have, or help set up a campus visit. I wish you the best in the decisions you are making about your future and hope the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources will be part of that future.

Exciting things are happening in the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources!

D. Allen Rutherford

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