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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals


| Programmatic | Technical | Workshops On Demand |

Our program is split into two levels - Technical Leadership and Program Leadership.

  • Technical Leadership workshops emphasize fisheries, wildlife and botany and include "Workshops on Demand".

  • Program Leadership workshops are applicable to all natural resource professionals, addressing the topics of policy, leadership, communications, values, economics, program management, budget, and personnel.

A Calendar of workshops is available for quick assessment - grouped by topic then by date.

If you would like information on past evaluations or past participants, please contact Shelly Witt (CE-WFW Program Leader) at 435-881-4203 or via email.

List of Workshops

Program Leadership

Leadership in a Natural Resource Context (LNRC)*
Advanced Leadership in a Natural Resource Context: Advanced (ALNRC)*
Communications in a Natural Resources (CNRC)
see Workshops on Demand to host at your home unit; Team Building

Leadership training opportunities*

* There are numerous 'Leadership' trainings available to Forest Service employees. Many build upon each other nicely - possibly enticing some employees to pursue careers as Directors or Line Officers. For other leadership training options please visit AgLearn, USFS/HR-LDO or our collection of leadershilp training. The leadership training vendor(s) we promote on this list are known for excellent learning experiences that align with the Forest Service's succession planning and developing every employee to be a leader.

Natural Resource Policy, Values, and Economics (NRPVE)

Program Management (PMB)
Program Management - Round II (PMII)

Technical Leadership


Endangered Species Act: A Practical Primer for Decisionmakers, Biologists and Staff Specialists (ESA)

Environmental Negotiation (NEG-101)

Foundations of Ecological Monitoring in a Management Context (FEMMC)

Innovative Approaches to Wildlife and Highway Interactions (IAWHI)

Planning for Environmentally-Sensitive Highway Projects (EcoHWYS)

Plain & Simple! Document Writing (PSDW)

Statistics & R

Water Resource Management for Line Officers (WRMLO)

Formerly Offered - Request in AgLearn


Foundations of Ecological Monitoring in a Management Context (FEMMC)

GIS and Remote Sensing (GIS)

Formerly Offered - Request in AgLearn


Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring & Evaluation - Western (NR16)

Designing for Aquatic Organism Passage at Road-Stream Crossings (AOP)

Stream & Watershed Restoration Design & Implementation (NR20)

Formerly Offered - Request in AgLearn

Workshops On Demand

Utah State University
Dr. Brett Roper (USDA Forest Service, and Adjunct Professor, USU Department of Fisheries & Wildlife) offers assorted aquatic workshop topics "on demand". He will work with you on hosting aquatic workshops in your area. Generally there is a 10 to 15 participant minimum. We encourage you to invite natural resource professionals from your area (other federal agencies, tribal organizations, state, city, private, international and companies). Develop your curriculum with Brett to best meet your needs. Length of the workshop is variable depending on your needs. Brett is also open to topic requests, if you can't find what you need already listed.

Contact: Dr. Brett Roper, 435-755-3566, broper"at"

Current Options Include:

  • Basin Surveys & Applications (including inventories)
  • Aquatic Monitoring - Eastern
  • Sampling Amphibians - Objective: explain and demonstrate sampling methods for a variety of amphibians and associated habitats.
  • Data Analysis using ExcelTM - Objectives: design Pivot Tables; use ANOVA and Regression Analysis; interpret data.

McMullin Training and Consulting
Dr. Steve McMullin is takes Leadership in a Natural Resource Context and Communications in a Natural Resource Context on the road along with other leadership courses; Team Building training.

Contact: Dr. Steve McMullin, 540-818-1670,

Sandra Jacobson and Terry Brennan offer "Planning for Environmentally-Sensitive Highway Projects.
Objective: streamline and improve delivery of an environmentally-sensitive highway project using the context-sensitive planning approach in an interdisciplinary and interagency planning team. Instructors are an interdisciplinary team (transportation ecology specialists: wildlife biologists, engineers, hydrologists, soil scientists, botanists, and recreation planners). Target audience: interagency, interdisciplinary team and line officers working together on a multi-year project including highway project planning. Topics include agency differences in NEPA, time lines, funding mechanisms and policy. Course structure might allow some disciplines to participate for less than the entire week.

Current options include:

“REQUEST” in AgLearn.

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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
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C. 20090-6090
(202) 205-8333

 Last Modified: June 2015