School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

We are dedicated to nurturing an era of sustainable forestry that will ensure future generations abundant supplies of forest products, diverse wildlife populations, and clean air and water.

For more than 60 years, Auburn’s forestry program has fueled one of the state’s largest industries by providing well-prepared graduates for the workforce, practical and forward-thinking solutions to industry challenges, and a continuous flow of resources and information for landowners, practicing foresters, industry professionals, government representatives, and the general public. In addition, our wildlife sciences program has conducted significant research resulting in the restoration and proper management of a diverse array of wildlife populations throughout the state and has educated hundreds of wildlife biologists.

Private support allows us to provide our students with a high-quality educational experience and to continue the growth and progress of our programs.
Marc Walley '85
Campaign Committee Chair


$19.8 million

We Will Gain



to attract the best and brightest students and diversify our student enrollment



focused on outreach and extension



to establish a Fund for Excellence to support research


Students are the heart and strength of our school. In our programs, our students learn the importance of responsibility, community, and integrity – values that connect them with generations of alumni. To enhance their educational experience and prepare them for a competitive global workforce, more and more of our students are participating in study abroad opportunities and domestic and international internships. Increased endowment support for students would allow more of our students to take advantage of these life-changing opportunities.

In addition, we have seen a rise in the number of our students working to overcome economic and social challenges. We must continue to build our scholarship endowment to support these deserving students. Increased funding for undergraduate scholarships allows us to attract highly qualified students who possess the work ethic to succeed in our programs and beyond. Securing additional funding for graduate fellowships ensures that we are competitive with peer institutions for the very best graduate students.

$1.8 million


Support for academic, research, and outreach programs is our highest priority and will allow us to achieve our goal of providing students with the absolute best educational experience. Such support will enable us to purchase much-needed equipment to improve technology, hire a new specialist devoted to expanding our outreach initiatives, and grow our research enterprise. Gifts for programs will also help build outdoor classrooms to serve as areas for instruction, study sites for research, and demonstration properties for extension and outreach. Another vital part of program support is unrestricted funds that provide for areas of immediate need and allow us to capitalize on emerging opportunities.

$14.7 million


Our faculty members are educators who devote themselves to building an academic community in which every student can flourish. Our reputation depends upon their achievements, as well as their commitment to both creating and shaping the knowledge that forms our world. Increasing our endowment to support our faculty allows the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences to attract and retain the very best teachers, researchers, and scholars by creating new professorships to reward those faculty who demonstrate excellence in their respective fields.

$1.0 million


To achieve our aggressive goals of increased student enrollment, faculty enrichment, and program expansion, the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences must renovate several existing facilities to enhance our students’ learning experience. These facilities include technological and facility upgrades to the Camp Hill Deer Lab and renovated lab spaces for the Forest Products Development Center. Upgrading and constructing an enclosed pavilion at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve will allow us to conduct outreach programs regardless of weather conditions. Funds for facilities will also enable us to finish funding the new classroom complex at the Solon and Martha Dixon Forestry Education Center.

$2.3 million

Your gift to the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences has


My scholarship has allowed me to attend the school of my dreams and concentrate on my classes as well as enrich my experience through extracurricular activities.
Hilary Rizk
Senior, Wildlife Sciences

Auburn, Alabama, is a long way from Hilary Rizk’s hometown of Strongsville, Ohio, but it has quickly become her second home. And the senior majoring in wildlife sciences with a pre-vet concentration counts the students and faculty in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences as her second family. “It is a close group of people who go to great lengths to help each other reach their potential,” Rizk said.

The ability to become involved in extracurricular activities like SFWS Ambassadors and Study Partners, as well as participating in an undergraduate research program, have also led to Rizk’s successful undergraduate career – activities she notes would not be possible without the benefit of receiving academic scholarships.

“My scholarship has given me freedom from financial obligations that allowed me to attend the school of my dreams, concentrate on my classes, and enrich my experience through extracurricular activities,” she said. “This scholarship is significantly decreasing the amount of debt that I will have upon graduation, which will greatly improve my financial status when I get my first job.” Something that is becoming even more important as Rizk looks beyond her undergraduate years and prepares to attend vet school is knowing she won’t have to enter professional school carrying the burden of a large amount of debt. “My scholarship really has given me freedom,” she said. “Freedom to pursue my dreams and the confidence in knowing people believe I can succeed.”

I want to see Auburn continue to feature outstanding, inspired, dedicated faculty providing a great education to our younger generations.
Orville Bach Jr. '69
Bozeman, Montana

Orville “Butch” Bach Jr. may have graduated from Auburn with a degree in business, but the forestry and wildlife classes he took as an undergraduate also had a tremendous impact on his life. Bach supplemented his business education at Auburn with classes in forestry, wildlife, fisheries, and resource economics. While he spent his professional career as a professor of business and economics at Walters State Community College in Tennessee, these extra classes prepared him to work during the summers as a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park.

“I owe everything that I have achieved to my Auburn education and the faculty members who emphasized integrity, ethics, and leadership. My professors were outstanding, and I was very well prepared for my career at Walters State and my work with the National Park Service,” he said. In 2006, Bach retired from Walters State and he and his wife Margaret moved to Bozeman, Mont., where he continues to work for the National Park Service.

When he recently made the decision to give back to his alma mater, Bach felt the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences was a natural fit. “I would love to see Auburn contribute to maintaining healthy and diverse forest communities in Alabama and continue its focus on educating, interpreting, preserving and conserving our natural resources,” he said. “I also want to see Auburn continue to feature outstanding, inspired, dedicated faculty providing a great education to our younger generations on how to be good stewards of God’s great creations.”

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