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Continuing Education at the Warnell School

Forest Management I: Tree- and Stand-Level Decisions

Location: Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Dean's Conference Room, Building 2, Room 201A

Date: 10/10/2012 from 07:45 am to 12:00 pm

Quantitative and qualitative forest management methods have long been used for making decisions concerning the timing of activities to meet silvicultural and management objectives. Foresters use a number of techniques to decide when and where to implement management activities, and to assess alternatives that acknowledge economic, ecological, and social goals. This course represents the first of a series of forest management continuing education courses that review and explore techniques and methods for developing forest plans.


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This four-hour course will:

  • Briefly introduce decision-making processes and planning
  • Review methods for structural evaluations of forest conditions
  • Discuss tree-level optimization
  • Discuss methods for rotation-age determination
  • Discuss the problems of optimum rotation age, thinning timing, and stocking levels
  • Discuss net present value and bare land value for stand-level decision-making
  • Discuss dynamic programming for stand-level decision-making

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of decision-making and planning processes
  • Understand the methods for determining the optimal tree-level rotation age
  • Understand the common problems related to, and methods for, stand-level decision-making

Who Should Attend?

Natural resource management professionals who are involved in making decisions regarding the timing of silvicultural activities, but could use a short refresher on the methodology. People who want to learn more about quantitative forest management principles in order to advance their careers or to meet the needs of a professional certification organization.


The course involves lecture presentations that provide an overview of forest management principles as they pertain to forestry and natural resource management in the United States. The material will be presented in a logical manner, from an introduction to decision-making and planning to principles for tree-level and stand-level optimization of decisions. These lectures all occur within a four-hour period of time on the day of the course. Handouts will be provided to summarize the material presented.


Dr. Pete Bettinger is a professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. He has more than 25 years of operating, teaching, and research experience in forestry and natural resources, including roles with the U.S. Forest Service, several forest products companies, and Oregon State University. Dr. Bettinger has taught courses on forest measurements, forest planning, and harvest scheduling, as well as GIS applications in natural resource management. In 2009, Academic Press published his book Forest Management and Planning, and in 2008 Oxford University Press published his book Geographic Information Systems: Applications in Natural Resource Management. Dr. Bettinger earned BS and MS degrees from Virginia Tech; and a PhD from Oregon State University.

Parking and Directions

A visitor parking deck is located just north of the Georgia Center. Parking is $10.00 per day.

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Notice of cancellation must be received by 5:00 p.m. September 26, 2012 to receive a refund. Please call Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 if you wish to cancel.

Registration Fees

The fee for this course is $120, which includes instructional materials.

Continuing Education Credits

4.0 Continuing Forestry Education credit hours - Category 1  (approved)
4.0 Continuing Logger Education Hours – Environmental (approved)

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If you have more questions or would like to register over the phone, please contact Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 or

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