An online, interactive course on the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) is now available from the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station. The course is available for free to anyone through a simple registration process. The learner will be introduced to the basic ecology and silvics, historic significance, and demise of the tree species that once occupied 200 million acres in the eastern U.S. The course includes a glossary and links to dendrology tables, external webpages, and published scientific papers. A certificate of completion qualifies for 1 CFE credit with the Society of American Foresters.
The course, An Introduction to the American Chestnut, was developed by Stacy Clark, research forester with the Southern Research Station and adjunct faculty in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee.
Please contact Stacy Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-318-8391 with any questions about the course.
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Upon completion of this course, you will understand the basic biology and silvics of the American chestnut and the factors that led to its demise. This course is interactive and accessible. You will have access to scientific literature, videos, web links, and dendrology tables for the American chestnut.