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Forest Business

A chipper picks up a load of wood

Our research priorities focus on issues critical to all aspects of forest business, and especially sustaining and enhancing the competitiveness of Georgia’s wood fiber supply.

This research area closely aligns with the UGA Center for Forest Business, which integrates pioneering academic research and sound financial methods to provide education and service to the forest industry, investors, and landowners throughout the world.




Learn More About the UGA Center for Forest Business

Graduate Degrees in Forest Business

Warnell’s graduate program in Forest Business combines advanced business courses and forestry work to prepare graduates for a diverse array of high-level career paths. In partnership with the Terry College of Business and other programs, Forest Business course offerings include accounting, finance, and forest business management and planning. Elective courses may be taken from a variety of MBA-level courses or courses in forest resource management.

Graduates of the Forest Business program can pursue careers in a number of fields, including consulting, lending, conservation, procurement, and economic development. Other possibilities include policy and academia.


Graduate students in the Forest Business program learn the basics of accounting and finance, and may take courses in real estate, negotiation, and supply chain management. Students pursuing a non-thesis master’s degree will be expected to obtain one or two summers of experience in land management, wood procurement, resource analysis, or other area with an established forestry company, real estate investment trust (REIT), timberland investment management organization (TIMO), state or federal agency, or forestry consultant. When a master of science or doctorate is pursued, students are expected to conduct research on forest markets, forest biometrics, forest management and planning, and other forest finance or administration topics.  

Most students in the Forest Business Management program pursue the Master of Forest Resources (MFR) degree. MS and PhD programs also are available. To pursue Forest Business as an official area of emphasis (MFR only), the following courses are required:

MFR Forest Business requirements


For general questions about pursuing a graduate degree at Warnell, contact a member of the graduate team:

Dr. Jacek Siry, Graduate Coordinator
Office: 4-501
Phone: 706-542-3060

Kate deDufour, Graduate Program Administrator
Office: 1-217
Phone: 706-542-1183

Shira Hersonsky, Graduate Administrative Assistant
Office: 1-217
Phone: 706-542-1183

Prospective students should also contact faculty members for questions specific to this disciplinary area. Please check faculty members’ personal pages for information about their individual research interests and projects to ensure that you are contacting the most relevant ones.


Research Program Webpage

Combinatorial optimization

Development and testing of heuristic methods for addressing large-scale or complex forest planning problems.

GPS accuracy assessments

Mapping and recreation-grade GPS unit assessments. Whitehall Forest GPS test site…

My research interests include more traditional biometry topics, such as volume, taper, and weight equations derived for various species and regions; statistical sampling and inventory issues; and the impacts of various silvicultural treatments on stand development. Further, I have more wide…

I conduct research in forest operations with a focus on timber harvesting efficiency and delivered wood cost. The goal of my research is to generate data that will help forest managers implement their management plans efficiently and allow timber harvesting professionals to harvest and deliver …

Federal and state forest taxation, economic issues related to forest investment and management, forest products market analysis, economic benefits of forest. 

Timberland investment Forest products market and industry Decision making under uncertainty

Timber market modeling, international forestry and conservation, forest management efficiency, multiple-use natural resource management.

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