Upcoming Courses

Contact the Wisconsin Forestry Center, wfc@uwsp.edu, to receive notifications about upcoming courses.

​Program Description

The Forest Management for Wildlife Certificate Program (FMWCP) is designed to provide experienced natural resource professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to execute forest management with a wildlife habitat emphasis. The aim of the program is to provide an overview of forest habitat requirements for key wildlife species (white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, neotropical migrants) and connect them to sustainable forest management practices. To accomplish this, the program uses a combination of field-based workshops, site-tours, online trainings, and a 3-day credentialing course. Upon successful completion of the certification program, participants will obtain the Forest Wildlife Habitat Manager (FWHM) credential. 

Program Components

The FMWCP is comprised of 6 trainings and a credentialing course:
  1. Timber Marking for Wildlife
  2. Elements of Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock Habitat (more information coming soon)
  3. Small Woodlot Management
  4. Forest Management for Neotropical Migrant Birds
  5. Elements of Deer Habitat (more information coming soon)
  6. Elements of Old-Growth Forest in Timber Sales
  7. Forest Wildlife Habitat Management Credentialing Course 

These courses do not have to be taken sequentially, however, courses 1-6 need to be completed prior to taking the credentialing course.

To accommodate COVID-19, the 2021 offering will be delivered using a combination of online trainings, webinars, and small, in-person field trainings. The links above reflect these adaptations.

Already taken Timber Marking for Wildlife-White-tailed Deer or Ruffed Grouse with us? Let us know! We are happy to count previous enrollments towards the credential requirements.

Credential Overview

The Forest Wildlife Habitat Manager (FWHM) credential is a collaborative, professional credential designed to recognize foresters who have the knowledge, skills, and experience to manage forests for wildlife habitat. To accomplish this, the credentialing course focuses on applying the information learned in the Forest Management for Wildlife Certificate Program (FMWCP) trainings by working directly with landowners to identify their management goals, write a management plan, present the management plan to the landowners as well as the credentialing board, and mark their timber. 

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive the state's only recognized credential for managing forests for wildlife habitat. Thus, the FWHM designation will be added to the "Desired Cooperating Forester Certifications" on the Wisconsin DNR's Forestry Assistance Locator and have the opportunity to share your contact information with DMAP participants.

Credential Requirements

To participate in the Forest Wildlife Habitat Management credentialing course and obtain the Forest Wildlife Habitat Manager designation you must:
  1. have 3 years of forestry, restoration, or wildlife habitat work experience,
  2. demonstrate a minimum of 500 acres of marked timber, 
  3. mark a timber sale with wildlife habitat as the main goal (full plan will need to be submitted), AND
  4. complete all 6 trainings listed above.

​Program Partners

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