Registration is full. To be added to the waitlist please contact Haley Frater at hfrater@uwsp.edu.

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Registration Information

Registration Fee: $20*

*Includes lunch and travel to the demonstration sites


The workshop will be held at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) in Amherst Junction, Wisconsin. Information on CWES including their facilities and parking can be found on their website, Central Wisconsin Environmental Station.

Workshop Sponsors


Workshop Information

Timber Marking for Wildlife Habitat: White-tailed Deer

9:30am - 3:30pm
Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, Amherst Junction, Wis.


Experience how timber management can be used to improve wildlife habitat while joining Mike Demchik, Ph.D., Scott Hygnstrom, Ph.D., and Matt Esser, WI-DNR Deer Biologist, on a guided tour of Bradley Creek and Minister Lake demonstration sites. While on the tour, you will partake in discussions and marking activities to increase your understanding of timber management for white-tailed deer habitat. By the end of the workshop, you will understand the habitat requirements of wildlife and how to create it. Habitat management for WTD benefits many other species with similar needs, such as ruffed grouse, woodcock, golden-winged warblers, and a variety of other edge-loving and early successional species.

An updated workshop itinerary can be found here.

Target Audience
This workshop is designed predominantly for natural resource professionals: foresters, loggers, and timber industry professionals. However, small woodlot to large forest owners; FML and DMAP cooperators; hunters and recreationist, are all welcome to attend.  The field tours will be tailored to meet the people that enroll in the training."

Scope and Scale
Small woodlots to larger forests and land cooperatives to very large commercial forests and public lands.

This workshop is preapproved for 4.0 CEHs from WI-DNR Cooperating Foresters, 4 Category 1 CFEs from the Society of American Foresters, and 4 Category 1 CEUs from The Wildlife Society.



Michael Demchik is a Professor of Forestry at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He teaches a wide range of courses at UWSP and is involved in research that addresses using silviculture to reach landowner goals. He is particularly obsessed with developing methods to teach students to mark timber better, faster and with more confidence in their decisions. He has had a number of jobs across federal, state and private natural resource management in West Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Scott Hygnstrom is a Professor of Wildlife at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is interested in wildlife damage management, wildlife diseases, wildlife/agricultural interactions, and human dimensions in wildlife. He has recieved a number of honors and awards for his work in wildlife services.

Guest Speaker

Matt Esser is a deer biologist with the WI-DNR. He has experience working with habitat conservation, population control and property management. He previously worked as a Wildlife Biologist/Forestry Technician in which he helped private landowners create wildlife habitat through proper forestry management techniques.

Workshop Sponsors

Special thanks to McIntire Stennis for sponsoring this workshop.

Cancelation Policy

Requests received prior to the registration deadline will be granted a full refund. Requests received after the registtion deadline but prior to the workshop’s start will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted to requests received after the start of the workshop. To receive a refund a written request must be made to Haley.Frater@uwsp.edu.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the workshop, please contact Haley Frater at hfrater@uwsp.edu.

Questions regarding registration, please contact Continuing Education at 715-346-3838.