Understanding Forests: Education for the General Public
Forests are a renewable resource that provide us with over 8000 different products. Proper management ensures that they continue to provide a wide range of benefits perpetually. But how much do you actually know about forests?
Through a combination of videos and short readings you will learn about forest trees, wildlife, water, forest ecology, history, and management. You'll take away practical, hands-on skills, and be able to check your learning with short, ungraded assessments. Download and print the handouts that accompany this self-paced course.
Although this course focuses on Pennsylvania woods, much of the information applies to land in other states as well, particularly those in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
- Anyone who wishes to learn more about forests.
- History of Pennsylvania forests
- Current trends in forest ownership and management
- Importance of forests and forest ecosystems
- How to identify abiotic, biotic, and cultural factors that shape ecosystems
- Concepts of wildlife habitat and management
- How to use a Tree Identification Key
- Elements of silviculture, including the management of residual trees and regeneration
- How forests support the hydrologic cycle and help provide clean water; land use and best management practices
Some courses also provide credits that can go towards professional certifications. None of the online courses offer credits that can go on a college transcript.
Please refer to the course description to learn if a specific course offers certificates and/or credits towards professional certification.
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Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.