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Education and Research

Schenck Forest is managed by the Forest Assets Team at NC State’s College of Natural Resources as a teaching and research forest, with the overall goal of demonstrating the multiple benefits generated by an actively-managed forest.


Schenck Forest is frequented by NC State students from numerous majors and departments, including Forest Management, Environmental Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Biology, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Natural Resources, Forest Biomaterials, Plant Biology, Crop and Soil Science, Applied Ecology, Mycology, Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Health and Exercise Studies. The forest is also utilized by NC State Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, NC State Wellness and Recreation and the NC State cross-country and track teams.

Research and Demonstration

From forest health and hydrology to public science and everything in between, Schenck Forest provides an excellent platform to promote and facilitate research studies. These studies serve as an important objective of forest management. Below are a few of the demonstrations and research studies currently taking place in the forest:

  • Hemp and loblolly intercrop study
  • Genetics demonstrations
  • Former seed orchard
  • Species allocation of water uptake
  • Silvicultural treatment demonstration
  • Pine species planting demos
  • Arboretum


Schenck Forest is utilized by a number of external organizations for education, outreach and public service. These organizations include the Boy Scouts of America, Future Farmers of America, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, North Carolina Forest Service, Wake Audubon Society, Duke University and more.

What is Forest Management?

Our forest management practices aim to ensure that Schenck Forest meets its educational and research objectives while remaining a sustainable working forest with increasing plant and animal diversity and a safe recreational destination for the community. Learn more about forest management here.

Wildlife Management

Schenck Forest is home to an abundance of species. Explore the lists below to learn more about the process required to help our forest thrive.