MSU FCCP is pleased to announce a collection of online short courses tailored for natural resource professionals, extension agents, and landowners. For more information about each course, including registration details, click on a selected course below.
The Department of Forestry has non-credit versions of additional undergraduate and graduate courses available for purchase. A full catalog of these courses, including those below, can be found at Continuing Education.
This category covers intensive professional short courses that will take 6 - 8 weeks to complete. Each course is self-paced and offered entirely online. To learn more about the on-boarding process and for a preview of what to expect upon registering for one of our professional development courses, please visit the Registration and Course Policy page.
This in-depth short course provides a robust overview of the connections between forests, climate, and human decision-making. The course builds confidence in foundational science, unpacks land management specific to carbon (including carbon crediting and other initiatives), and offers action paths for various decisions. The content is highly interdisciplinary and is designed to build shared understanding for diverse professionals.
This category covers courses less than 10 hours long that are focused on specific forest carbon and climate topics. Each course is self-paced and offered entirely online.
The Urban Forests and Climate Change course explores the ways in which trees, forests, and wood products can contribute to climate change mitigation and improved community resilience in urban and municipal environments. The course identifies unique themes and addresses the ways in which urban forests can be impacted by climate change as well as how management can be used as a tool to reduce social inequities, improve human health and well-being, and reduce environmental and community vulnerability to climate-induced stressors.
The US Regions: Forest Carbon & Climate Adaptation (formally known as FCCP Intensive: US Regions) are short online learning experiences designed to take learners beyond the basics of forest carbon science by providing an in-depth analysis of trends, challenges, and opportunities for a chosen US region: Pacific Northwest US, Northeast US, or Southeast US. Topics include regional forest background, climate change trends and effects, carbon storage, climate impacts by forest type, and regionally appropriate adaptive management strategies.
Learners will develop expertise in forest land values and ecologic services linking carbon management and climate change mitigation activities with forest certification. Topic areas include the physical science of forests and climate, forest certification and climate change, and climate benefits in chain of custody.