Natural Resources

What It's About


Natural Resources are the building blocks of society. Water, soil, wood and wildlife are the raw materials that we rely on throughout our lives. The Natural Resources program is concerned with the management and conservation of these natural resources.

Students should be able to perform manual labor with hand tools and heavy equipment. Most fieldwork is outdoors so the student should be willing and able to spend extended periods outside and dress for the weather. Natural Resource students work with dangerous equipment in an open environment and must exercise caution and responsibility. The program will introduce students to the fields of forestry, environmental science, surveying and heavy equipment operation. The program will also prepare students for college or employment in related fields and develop a safe and cooperative work ethic.

  • A man using a chainsaw to cut down a tree
  • A female watching someone as they climb a tree while holding the support cord.
  • A man standing in a tree while being harnessed.
  • A man sharpening a chainsaw blade.

Things You Get To Do

  • Logging and Firewood Production
  • Road and Trail Maintenance
  • Earth Moving
  • Property Surveying
  • Maple Syrup Production
  • Water Quality Management
  • Tree Planting and Care
  • Wildlife Management
  • Lumber Grading

Where It Can Lead

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forester
  • Survey Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Operator

What You Can Earn

  • New York State Technical Endorsement on High School Diploma
  • OSHA 10 Hour Construction Industry Certification
  • NYLT (New York Logger Training) Certification

Go To College With Credits

  • Alfred State College
  • Bryant and Stratton
  • Paul Smith’s College
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology

Where It's Held

  • Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont
    5536 County Route 48, Belmont, NY 14813 | 716-376-8326
  • Career and Technical Education Center at Ellicottville
    5550 Route 242 E. Ellicottville, NY 14731-0690 | 716-376-8300