2017 Cohort-based Ecosystem Silviculture Course

aspen harvest site showing residual white pine

One of SFEC's flagship programs, this is a several month deep dive into ecosystem silviculture addressing ecological, operational, and other practical issues as well as communication and prescription development. The course targets professional resource managers from a variety of fields. We plan to spend 8 days together plus readings, online activities, and individual projects between October 2017 and August 2018. Frequently asked questions.

Familiarity with silviculture and training on Ecological Classification Systems are required prior to enrollment.

Dates: 8 in-person meetings beginning October 2017 through August 2018. First four dates and topics:

Kickoff: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 
MHn silvicultural applications field day: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Soils and Landforms: Tuesday, November 14, 2017  
FDn silvicultural applications field day: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Location: Various locations
Cost: $1000

Register here. (As of August 18, 2017, 17 of 20 slots have been claimed)
Working course flyer (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions:

The course has required pre-requisites. How will you judge if we have met them? Right, we expect all students to be familiar with DNR's Ecological Classification System or a similar plant community classification system. Generally this would be indicated by having completed a one- or two-day training on the system, but experience can substitute for this - if you are unsure, drop us a line. We also expect students to come in familiar with silviculture theory and practice. We have created a series of short videos designed to introduce this content and at a minimum expect students to have thoroughly reviewed them before the course begins. 

Can I register to attend only one or a couple of sessions? No. This is a cohort-based training that includes both online and in-person activities. Coming in only for a single session would leave you lacking the context from online and the previous (and following) in-person sessions.

OK, but what if I can't make one or more sessions?  We realize that this will happen in some cases. If you are forced to miss a session, you will be welcome to substitute a corresponding session from a future Ecosystem Silviculture series at no cost. We will also work with you to make the content available in alternative formats, although for obvious reason this will be difficult for some sessions, particularly field sessions. If you have concerns about your availability, feel free to drop us a line to discuss it. We will do what we can to make it work.

When will you publish the dates of the 2018 sessions for the 2017-18 course? We will work with registrants to identify dates most favorable to the group. We expect to have these dates set not long after our first meeting in fall 2017.

What is the individual project all about? Is it required? While we expect each project to include ecosystem silviculture in some way, projects can be pretty highly customized for each student to reflect your interests and work. Projects will generally include developing a new prescription and/or evaluating outcomes of a past prescription and treatment. We see the individual project as an essential activity to complete the series and earn the Ecosystem Silviculture certificate. Each student will present her or his project during our last gathering in August 2018.

Is this series open to anyone? The 2017-'18 course is limited to 20 registrants. Until September 17, those spots will be made available only to SFEC members. If spots remain available after September 17, non-members are eligible to register as well, at a rate of $1,500 per person. A list of SFEC member organizations is at https://sfec.cfans.umn.edu/about-sfec . 

Contact Us

Eli Sagor, SFEC Program Manager
esagor@umn.edu | 218-409-6115

Madison Rodman, SFEC Program Assistant
mrodman@umn.edu | 218-726-6403