About Us

A History of the Department

Natural Resources' teaching, research, and outreach have a long history at UNH. Even before the first formal forestry programs began in 1911, forestry and soils courses were part of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture's curriculum. The Wildlife and Forestry programs have been linked for decades and together with Soils, Hydrology, and Resource Economics, merged to form the Institute of Natural and Environmental Resources (INER) in the very early 1970s. The faculty within the newly formed INER launched the Environmental Conservation program in response to growing interest in conservation and the environment.

In 1983, in response to perceived threats to the professional accreditation of the forestry program, INER was dissolved. The hydrology program became part of the Department of Earth Sciences, Resource Economics and Community Development became its own department, while the Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and Environmental Conservation programs emerged as the Department of Forest Resources. The Water Resources Management degree program was added in 1988. Recognizing that the interests and expertise of the students and faculty had broadened beyond forests, the Department was renamed the Department of Natural Resources in 1989. We have since combined the Soil Science and Water Resources Management programs, along with the Hydrology program from Earth Sciences, to create the Environmental Sciences undergraduate degree program.

NREN Presently

In 2008, the merger of the Natural Resources (NR) and Resource Economics and Development (RED) departments enhanced our capacity to address the human dimensions of natural resources and environmental problems, providing a strong foundation in ecology for the social sciences. The newly developed Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, integrates the applied social sciences and natural resources sciences, enabling a more holistic, integrated approach to education, research, and outreach about use and conservation of resources.  

At the undergraduate level, we offer a bachelor of science degree in the following areas:

  • Community and Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Forestry (B.S.F.)
  • Wildlife and Conservation Biology

At the graduate level, we offer a master of science degree in Natural Resources in the following options:

  • Natural Resources: General
  • Natural Resources: Environmental Conservation
  • Natural Resources: Environmental Economics
  • Natural Resources: Forestry
  • Natural Resources: (TIDES) Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy and Management
  • Natural Resources: Soil and Water Resource Management
  • Natural Resources: Wildlife and Conservation Biology

A master of science degree in the following area:

  • Resource Administration and Management