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Upland Hardwood Silviculture - U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station

The goal of this course is to provide practicing foresters with information about current silvicultural practices and emerging issues based on scientific research that affects managing upland hardwoods. The course is designed for professional foresters working in upland hardwood systems. Wildlife professionals and natural resources managers from State and Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, educators, and the general public also may take the course, with the understanding that they should be familiar with forestry terminology. There is no charge for the course but anyone seeking Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credit will be assessed a per half-hour administrative fee (see below for details).

NOTICE: As of 1/3/2014, the learning management system that runs this course has been upgraded. Anyone who had registered prior to this has been moved to the new system and their password has been reset. If you would like to reactivate your old registration, please contact Ben Jackson at

Provides an introduction to the following topics:

  • Management Objectives: 1.0 CFE
  • Stand Management – Existing Stands: 3.5 CFE
  • Stand Management – Regeneration: 1.5 CFE
  • Forest Health: 4.0 CFE
  • Site Classification: 0.5 CFE
  • Restoration: 0.5 CFE
  • Wildlife: 2.5 CFE


US Forest Service and Southern Research Station

U.S. Forest Service

Southern Research Station

Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management

Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Course pre-requisites:

There are no course pre-requisites.

How many CFEs can successful graduates earn?

This online course has been approved by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) for 15 hours of Category 1-CF Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credit. Each of the seven modules in the course has been evaluated for credit, so anyone who wishes to take only parts of the course can receive one-time credit for each module taken. Module CFE credits range from 4.0 hours to 0.5 hours. Anyone seeking CFE credits is expected to view all of the video material and/or avail themselves of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant alternatives and successfully complete the appropriate assessment quiz for each presentation in a module. Successful completion or attaining a passing score means answering correctly a majority of the questions per quiz. Your CFE certificate will be awarded via email. Your record of completion will be submitted to the SAF for inclusion in their electronic database and a separate database will be kept at UGA for verification as needed. There is an administrative fee for awarding CFEs. This fee is $10.00 per hour of CFE credit and $5.00 per half hour of CFE credit. Dr. Jackson will send payment information upon registration.


Dr. Ben Jackson




Course registration requires a user account, which can be obtained by contacting Ben Jackson at Account creation usually takes no more than 24 hours during regular business days. Registration is not available during University of Georgia holidays. See the calendar at . The course materials are available 24/7 once a user account is created. Registration requires a first and last name and valid email address.

Georgia Foresters

To satisfy the requirements of the Georgia State Board of Registration for Foresters, a maximum of 3 credit hours can be obtained through the below online courses and other approved Self-Study Programs. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be obtained through participation in Live-Study Programs.

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