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Course Description A field-oriented overview of basic forestry.  Includes field dendrology, silvics, elements of surveying and mapping, orienteering, log scaling, silviculture, timber cruising and wildlife techniques.  Numerous field trips to regional forests.     

Prerequisite: BIOL 305, BIOL 425: You must check with the instructor if you do not satisfy the prerequisite otherwise, you will be dropped from the course. 

Course Objectives

  • surveying and mapping techniques
  • orienteering including beginning GIS
  • log scaling including hardwood bucking
  • silvicultural techniques used in western Maryland
  • timber cruising techniques
  • forest management for wildlife populations

To become certified:

  • as an instructor for: Project Wet, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree
  • with a EPA: Watershed Management Training Certificate
  • as a Level 1 and Level 2 Sawyer
  • with a National Wildfire Coordinating Group Certificate
  • with a GIS Training Certificate
  • with a Maryland Green Card


Week 1: Education & Outreach, Become a Certified Instructor in Project Learning Tree, Project WET, & Project WILD

Week 2: Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Training, Wildland Fire Suppression Training

Week 3: Game of Logging Chainsaw Training

Week 4: SILVAH Oak Training