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University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


MSU forestry non-credit online courses - Spring 2023

The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to offer the following non-credit course options for Spring 2023 for individuals interested in online learning. These courses are a great fit for those looking to expand their knowledge on topics of forestry outside of a degree-granting program.

Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management
Social dimensions associated with the development and implementation of forest-based climate change mitigation projects, including:  valuation of trees and forests by local communities vs. international community; community decision making; public participation; community engagement.
Contact:  Kylie Clay, kclay(at)
Cost:  $865
Level:  Advanced

Human Dimensions of Forests
Social factors underlying human decisions about and conflicts over forest resources. Societal and citizen values, knowledge and behavior with respect to forest resources.
Contact:  Emily Huff, ehuff(at)
Cost:  $725
Level:  Intermediate

Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon
Skill-based training in forest carbon inventory and carbon accounting methods. National and international monitoring of forest carbon stocks. Applications of remote sensing and geospatial technologies to forest carbon inventory.
Contact:  David Skole, skole(at)
Cost:  $865
Level:  Advanced

Michigan’s Forests
Ecological, social and economic roles of Michigan’s forests in historic and contemporary context. Geographic similarities and differences in forest resources.
Contact:  Jarred Saralecos, saraleco(at)
Cost:  $600
Level:  Introductory

Natural Resource Policy

Natural resources policy-making in the context of scientific, environmental, social, and legal-institutional factors. Historical evolution of policies and case studies of contemporary policy issues.
Contact:  Emily Huff, ehuff(at)
Cost:  $725
Level:  Intermediate


Short & Mini Courses:

Understanding Forest Carbon Management
This self-paced course takes 6-8 weeks and runs throughout the year during the following periods:
May 9 - August 9 (2023)
August 9 - November 9 (2023)
January 9 - April 9 (2024)
This online short course designed to provide a robust introduction to the benefits of forest land management specific to carbon while offering clear action paths. Topic areas include carbon cycle and storage science, domestic and international policy overview, project case studies, management considerations, measurement basics, and available tools and support.

Forest Certification & Climate Change
This self-paced course takes 2-3 weeks and runs throughout the year during the following periods:
May 9 - August 9 (2023)
August 9 - November 9 (2024)
January 9 - April 9 (2024)
Learners will develop a robust understanding of forest land values and ecological services linking carbon management and climate change mitigation activities with forest certification.


Date: 9 January - 30 April 2023
Venue: online
Organizers: Michigan State University, Department of Forestry
Contact:  FOR.forestce(at) for questions.

Submit application by:  16 January 2023




Online Micro-Certificate: Climate Vulnerability & Adaptation

The Faculty of Forestry's Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation (CVA) Micro-Certificate is a flexible 8-week online program that provides forest professionals with an understanding of climate science, vulnerability assessments, adaptation development, and how it is applied to management and business case adaptation. Today, government and certification agencies are requiring more accountability in meeting climate change, and green industry standards. This has resulted in a surge in demand for working professionals who wish to advance their knowledge in the field of climate science, assessment and application of climate impacts and adaptation in a forestry context. CVA offers science-based, practical, hands-on training for professionals, including those currently working and those seeking to gain additional skills to better their employment opportunities. Providing a unique perspective that comes from collaboration and knowledge exchange between university researchers, government and industry partners.

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Organizers:  Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC)

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