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​Registration Information

Registration Fee: $20*
*Once registered, a confirmation letter with a link to the course will be e-mailed to you. From that time you will have 30 days to complete the training.

​Training Information

Timber Marking for Wildlife - Online Training 

This on-demand, self-paced 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).

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

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


This training is preapproved for 2.5 CEUs by the WI-DNR and 1.5 CFEs by the Society of American Foresters.

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 at

Target Audience

This online training is designed for professional foresters. 

Instructor Bio


Michael Demchik is a Professor of Forestry at the 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.