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National Advanced Silviculture Program

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The National Advanced Silviculture Program (NASP) consists of four national core courses taught over a 9-week period providing graduate-level instruction in silviculture and forest ecology to Forest Service employees seeking to be certified as silviculturists. NASP is open to employees from other Federal Agencies as well as those from State Agencies.

NASP is conducted in collaboration with four leading academic institutions. The first module, Ecological Systems, is conducted by the University of Minnesota. The second module, Inventory and Decision Support, is conducted by the Oregon State University. The third module, Landscape Ecology, is conducted by the University of Massachusetts at the Northern Arizona University. The final module, Advanced Silviculture Topics, is conducted by the University of Tennessee. Students on the certification track take a fifth regional module developed specifically for expertise in regional forest types as well as complete a detailed project and defend their project to a panel of about six professionals, including professional silviculturists, a university professor, a district ranger and a professional biologist.