Warnell holds and manages a variety of lands across Georgia, totaling thousands of acres. Some of these properties were gifted to the school through a donation, while others are state-owned lands. Warnell manages some properties for timber, with sales benefitting scholarships, professorships and other school resources. Other properties are used for research and teaching purposes, whether it be as demonstration forests, specific management purposes or faculty research projects.
In 2018, Warnell completed an updated timber harvest schedule, which inventoried forests across all of Warnell's properties and developed a schedule to maximize income. State-owned properties are managed for a mix of income production, with about 60% of the timber scheduled for harvest.
Properties managed by Warnell include:
- Whitehall Forest (off South Milledge Avenue in Athens): This area of approximately 840 acres includes managed timber stands, demonstration stands, research areas, labs and an event space, Flinchum's Phoenix.
- Hardman Forest (off U.S. 441 north of Athens)
- Watson Springs Forest (located on Ga. 15 in Greensboro)
- B.F. Grant WMA (1462 Godfrey Road, Eatonton, GA 31024): This 11,40-acre property has hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, small game, dove, and waterfowl. It is managed as a quality deer area and leased to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for wildlife management research.
In addition to managing forests and wildlife areas, Warnell also maintains properties for outreach and education. These facilities include:
Mary Kahrs Warnell Forest Education Center
The Mary Kahrs Warnell Forest Education Center offers a wide variety of educational programs that incorporate activities from nationally acclaimed outdoor education programs such as Project Learning Tree, Project Wet and Project WILD.
Thompson Mills Forest and Arboretum
The 330 acres designated as Thompson Mills Forest were deeded to the University of Georgia in 1980 by Lenox T. Thornton, of Braselton, Georgia. The forest was named in honor of the Thompson Mills community, a prominent agricultural center at the turn of the century. Mr. Thornton donated the land to:
Provide teaching and research opportunities to the students and researchers in dendrology, ecology, silviculture and forest biology
Establish an arboretum of native and exotic trees
Provide Georgia residents and visitors an opportunity to study and enjoy the abundant plants of the region
Through the efforts of Dr. Claud Brown, founder of the Thompson Mills Forest, the Georgia State Legislature designated Thompson Mills as the State's official arboretum in 1991.