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Continuing Education at the Warnell School

Forestry for Non-Foresters Parts 1 and 2

Location: Flinchum's Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Road, Athens, GA

Date: Oct 22, 2019 08:00 AM to Oct 24, 2019 03:30 PM


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About the Courses

The field of forestry is often described as a mix of science and art. Blending the needs of landowners, industry and society with the characteristics and potential of the land is a complex endeavor. The history of forestry in the Southeastern United States is rich and exciting, and has led to one of the most ecologically diverse and economically important regions in the country. These two courses will provide an introduction to forest management concepts, practices and relevant issues.

Who Will Benefit?

Anyone with an interest in forestry and forest management is invited to participate. The courses will be especially useful for landowners and those who work with foresters and the forest industry such as forestry agencies, associations, forestry investment firms, real estate investment trusts and banking institutions with forest investments. Others who will benefit include GIS professionals, administrative support personnel, teachers and non-formal educators, attorneys, accountants, and media professionals.

Location and Equipment Required

The courses will be held at the Flinchum’s Phoenix building, 650 Phoenix Road, located in the Whitehall Forest of Athens, Georgia. Whitehall Forest is a 740-acre research forest owned by the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. Flinchum’s Phoenix is a 5000 sq. ft. meeting facility located on a bluff along the Oconee River.

What to Wear

Part of the course experience is situated outside, therefore it is recommended that you bring sturdy shoes, hat, sun screen, insect repellant, and a water bottle.


Dr. Bill Hubbard serves as the Assistant Director for Environmental, Natural Resources and SeaGrant Extension Programs with the University of Maryland. Prior to this he was a faculty member of UGA's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 1993, and served 13 state universities and the USDA Forest Service as a coordinator of regional programs and projects. Bill has over 30 years of experience working with landowners and natural resource professionals on forestry-related educational programs. He also has taught several forest economics and forest management courses at the University of Florida. He served as regional coordinator of the "Master Tree Farmer/Master Wildlifer" satellite short course programs for landowners and professionals.

Dr. Kris Irwin has been a member of UGA’s Warnell School faculty since 1996 and is the Associate Dean for Outreach. He has a wealth of experience in the area of education outreach such as U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, community forester in Nebraska, and technology transfer specialist with the USDA Forest Service National Agroforestry Center. Kris has developed and taught summer courses for K-12 classroom teachers and has written a national technical forestry guide for agricultural education. He has received recognition for outstanding teaching from Project Learning Tree, an international environmental education curriculum, and the UGA Office of Service-Learning. He teaches a required course (Natural Resource Management for Teachers) for UGA students enrolled in the Agricultural Education Program.


To request a refund, please contact Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 or by October 8, 2019.


A block of rooms has been set aside at the Holiday Inn Express (706-546-8122) in Athens, GA for the nights of October 21, 22, 23, 2019 for attendees of Forestry for Non-Foresters Part 1 and 2. The cost is $102.00 per night plus taxes. Please give group code FNF when making your reservation. Please make reservations early since the room block falls out on 9/23/2019.


For a map and directions to Flinchum’s Phoenix type in “650 Phoenix Drive Athens, GA” in the “Get Directions” field at .

Special Needs

If you require special services or dietary considerations, contact Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 or e-mail him at by October 8, 2019.

Continuing Education Credits

7 Continuing Logger Education Hours (CLE) – Environmental for Part 1 (approved)

11.5 Continuing Logger Education Hours (CLE) - Environmental for Part 2 (approved)

Course Instructor(s)

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