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Continuing Education at the Warnell School

Forest Roads in the Piedmont and Coastal Plains

Location: Flinchum's Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road, Athens, GA

Date: Nov 10, 2015 08:00 AM to Nov 11, 2015 02:30 PM


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Vehicle access to timberland is essential for forest management, resource protection, harvesting operations, and other uses. Forest roads must be properly located and constructed to provide adequate access, minimize costs and maintenance, and to guard against non-point sources of pollution and satisfy the sustainable forestry initiative.

This course will teach you how to plan, design, locate, construct, stabilize, use, maintain and close forest roads. Consideration will be given to permanent and temporary roads, skid trails and landings. The important role played by water quality and Best Management Practices (BMPs) will be explained. By using straightforward classroom techniques, you will gain a better understanding of environmentally sound road construction principles and will have acquiredhands-on experience in designing and laying out roads, skid trails and landings that includes drainage and stabilization systems.

Equipment to Bring
If you have a wifi-enabled laptop computer or Ipad please bring it to the course since time will be spent using it for exercises on soil identification, watershed delineation and culvert sizing. The website we will be working from is at . If you don’t have a a wifi-enabled laptop computer or Ipad other arrangements will be made.

Who Will Benefit?

This course will benefit any natural resource professional and others who use or are responsible for forest roads and their related access network.


Ben Jackson is a professor of forestry at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Ben has over 30 years experience as an industrial forester, a forestry consultant, and a university educator with forest roads being one of his specialties. He served on the Georgia Forestry Commission’s BMPs Revision Committee and the Commission’s Subcommittee on Road Construction. He also designed the Georgia Master Timber Harvester Program. Ben has expertise and experience in evaluating forestland for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.


A block of rooms will has been set aside at the Holiday Inn Express (706-546-8122) at 513 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30601 for the nights of November 9, 10 and 11, 2015 for attendees of . The room rate for attendees is $92.00 plus 14% percent sales tax. Please give the event code "FRP" when making a reservation.


Notice must be received by October 28, 2015 to receive a refund. Contact Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 or email him at

Special Needs

If you require special services or dietary considerations, contact Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 or email him at by October 20, 2015.

Continuing Education Credits

  • 12.0 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) hours – Category 1 (approved)
  • 12.0 Continuing Logger Education (CLE) hours - Environment (approved)

Course Instructor(s)

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If you have any questions please contact James T. Johnson at 706-308-6396 or

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