CANCELLED: 2020 Cohort-based Ecosystem Silviculture Course

EcoSilv 2017 cohort with instructors

COVID-19 update: Due to restrictions on in-person instruction during the Covid-19 outbreak, we are sad to say that we have cancelled the 2020 Ecosystem Silviculture Course. We hope to see you next year!

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 leadership development, 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 late summer 2020 and early winter 2021. Wondering exactly what the course is like? View a story map of our 2017-2018 course.

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

2020 2021 Course Details 

Dates: 8 in-person meetings 

Session topics:

  • Course kickoff
  • MHn silvicultural applications field day
  • Soils and Landforms
  • FDn silvicultural applications field day
  • Getting it Done
  • FDn silvicultural applications field day
  • Site Assessment Techniques
  • WFn silvicultural applications field day
  • Final gathering and presentations

Location: Various locations
Cost: $1000

Interested in this course? Add yourself to our mailing list to be the first to find out when registration opens.

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? 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 late summer 2020.

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.

Is this series open to anyone? The 2020 course is limited to 20 registrants. SFEC members will have priority registration for this course. If spots remain available after SFEC members have been given an opportunity to register, non-members are eligible to register as well, at a higher rate of $1,500 per person. A list of SFEC member organizations is at . 

All interested learners are welcome. For accommodations related to ability please contact us at

Contact Us

Eli Sagor, SFEC Program Manager | 218-409-6115