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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

Foundations of Ecological Monitoring in a Management Context (FEMMC)

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  • Describe technical aspects of ecological monitoring
  • Design and implement ecological monitoring programs
  • Demonstrate methodology for monitoring landscapes, communities, plant and animal population

Sound Science hosts quality monitoring workshops adapting content and delivery to meet needs of clients.

This workshop is designed to present information necessary to meet the real-life monitoring and assessment needs of land managers in an effective learning environment. It focuses on concepts and methods readily applicable to a wide range of natural resource monitoring needs. The workshop provides an overview of all steps required for the scoping, planning, design, and implementation of monitoring programs. Through group and individual exercises, participants apply concepts to realistic monitoring scenarios including rare and endangered species, plant and animal populations, unique habitats, communities, and natural landscapes.

In addition to providing a solid foundation in the technical aspects of ecological monitoring, their courses place tools within the broader management context. Participants will benefit from the practical expertise of Sound Science’s instructors who, for more than 20 years, have assisted agencies and organizations in the design, implementation, and evaluation of monitoring programs. Course instructors have extensive experience designing programs that address site-specific needs, while overcoming the common challenge of constraints on time and resources. Sound Science instructors understand the competing priorities and organizational constraints typically placed on land managers. They are expert at finding creative, scientifically rigorous monitoring solutions that balance information needs with resource realities.

Know Before Attending:
It is a good idea to be familiar with statistics BEFORE you arrive at the workshop. The cadre will help you with statistics, but, obviously, it will slow down learning the concepts of monitoring. Options for brushing up on your statistics knowledge:

  • Review our statistics page
  • Or check out statistics courses on For example, Khan Academy
  • Contact Shelly Witt to borrow a copy of the book "The Cartoon Guide to Statistics" by Larry Gonick.
    • All registered participants will be loaned the book at least 4 months prior to the workshop.
  • Pull out your old college statistics book - engage in some self tutoring

Knowing statistics before attending is highly recommended, because, after all, you want to get the most out of your time and money, right?!


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Tuition: TBD but usually around $1,000; Lodging and Meals are usually NOT included.

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Forest Service Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator,
WFW staff
Phone: 435-881-4203
Expires: none

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USDA Forest Service
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Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
(202) 205-8333

 Last Modified: June 2013