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Online Course

Timber Marking for Wildlife

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This course is a basic introduction to the incorporation of wildlife objectives into planning forest management. Specifically, we will look at how relatively minor changes in timber marking can have major impacts on wildlife habitat. In addition to overview and background material provided by Mike Demchik, Ph.D., this course also provides species-specific management adaptations for ruffed grouse presented by Jon Steigerwaldt, regional biologist with the Ruffed Grouse Society, and white-tailed deer presented by Matt Esser, wildlife biologist with the DNR’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP).

Course Details

Registration Fee

$20. Click the button above to register.

Once registered, a confirmation letter with a link to the course will be e-mailed to you. From that time, you have 30 days to complete the training.

Cancellation Policy

Online trainings are nonrefundable.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how various silvicultural systems impact elements of wildlife habitat.
  2. Identify how various habitat elements can be optimized using forest management.

Target Audience

This online training is designed for professional foresters.

Continuing Education Credit

This course is pre-approved for:

To obtain credit, you will need to complete the training within 30 days of registering and receive 75% or higher on all assessments. A list of individuals who successfully complete the training will be submitted to WI-DNR and SAF on the first of each month.

Any questions regarding credit can be directed to the Wisconsin Forestry Center.



Mike Demchik

Professor of Silviculture, UW-Stevens Point

Michael Demchik is a professor of forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He teaches a 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 several jobs across federal, state, and private natural resource management in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.