Advanced Silviculture for the Practicing ForesterGraduate Certificate

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Earn a certificate in advanced silviculture forestry online

The online Graduate Certificate in Advanced Silviculture provides forestry professionals with current, research-based knowledge and hones the skills you need to make strategic, science-based decisions within an adaptive management context. Designed specifically for practicing foresters, this online certificate will prepare you with the in-depth knowledge, methods, theories, and tactics to identify, compare, and apply advanced ecological concepts to diverse forest ecosystems.

Managing forest systems effectively requires a diverse set of skills. Learn to develop, implement, and evaluate silvicultural solutions to help both forests and communities adapt to a changing climate. After completing the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize current scientific methodologies to inform management decisions in the field
  • Effectively write silviculture prescriptions for specific management objectives that meet the diverse values of landowners
  • Develop on-the-ground actions for climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Create a monitoring plan to effectively evaluate and assess management actions, and to inform future management decisions

What is silviculture?

According to the US Forest Service, silviculture is the art and science of overseeing the establishment, growth, quality, and health of forests and woodland areas. Effective land managers must balance the needs of landowners and communities while considering the importance of biodiversity, wildlife habitats, water resources, and sustainable outdoor recreation. When carefully planned and implemented, various silvicultural tactics like planting, harvesting, thinning, pruning, and prescribed burning can help create a thriving forest ecosystem over time. The importance of silviculture and its impact can be clearly seen in well-managed forests, resulting in healthier trees, more accessibility for recreation, greater biodiversity, and improved habitats for wildlife.

What is the difference between forestry and silviculture?

Forestry can be generally defined as the practice and science of managing forests. Silviculture is an extension of the forestry discipline focused on sustainably managing the structure and growth processes of forested areas via science-based methods. Silviculture works to control tree and vegetation density, replenish unproductive areas with new trees, monitor forest ecosystems, protect existing trees from invasive insects, diseases, and other destructive agents, and harvests trees when needed. Foresters with in-depth knowledge of silviculture are well-equipped to take on land management projects with greater levels of complexity, scale, and responsibility.

Deepen your knowledge and advance your forestry career

Through online coursework designed by silviculture experts, this certificate program will prepare you to take on forest management roles such as:

  • Senior forest silviculturist
  • Regional silviculturist
  • Forest supervisor
  • Forestry consultant
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