Courses and Timeline

Program Structure

The program requires that 4 courses be taken, each taking 2 weeks of study time. The program will take about 60 hours to complete.

The Landscape Level Forest Modeling program is offered in the Fall session each year (October – December). Students may register and complete all courses in one session or spread out the course (in order of prerequisite requirements) over a 2-year time frame.  

The program has four courses, each course will require students to work with forest data, interpret results from forest models and develop professional rationales developed from forest modeling results. These courses will use existing, current forest management plans as examples and draw from relevant literature sources.


  • Introduction to Forest Modeling
    • October 14 – 25, 2024
  • Landscape Level Forest Modeling Data
    • October 28 – November 8, 2024
  • Landscape Level Mathematical Modeling
    • November 18 – 29, 2024
  • Landscape Level Forest Modeling in B.C.
    • December 2 – 13, 2024

Courses must be taken in sequential order as they build on one another, but may be taken individually, in different sessions within a two-year time frame, to receive the micro-certificate.

Timeline to Completion

Landscape Level Forest Modeling participants have the flexibility to set their own timeline for completion, within a maximum of two years.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Forest Modeling

This course provides a brief introduction to mathematical modeling in forest resources analysis and using current forest management plans as example. Students will:

  • Understand the role of forest modeling in landscape-level planning and where different plans are situated within the current planning hierarchy.
  • Differentiate between forestry and forest management and learn the role of mathematical models.
  • Begin to evaluate different decision-making processes and criteria used in landscape-level forestmodeling plans.

Landscape Level Forest Modeling Data

The second course in this micro-certificate focuses on the data requirements for landscape-level forest modeling data and encourages students to explore the data and critique potential limitations and assumptions. Student will:

  • Understand the plethora of measures available for evaluating present values of a forest stand and discuss how spatial data connects to landscape-level forest modeling data
  • Evaluate different landscape classification systems, including those commonly used in forest management plans.
  • Understand how forests are projected forward through time and the data, limitations and assumptions employed and connected into forest models, including transitions, volumes, and growth and yields.

Landscape Level Mathematical Modeling

  • Translate simple problems into linear equations
  • Graph two-variable linear problems and identify feasible regions and optimal solutions including finding the optimal solutions mathematically.
  • Compare different programming types.
  • Understand how forest modeling employs heuristics.
  • Compare differences between commonly used forest models employed in Canada

Landscape Level Forest Modeling in B.C.

  • Compare different metrics of sustainably in landscape-level mathematical modeling, how they are modeled, and identify limitations.
  • Identify how different legal constraints can be employed in forest models.
  • Evaluate different scenario analysis methods and compare different conclusions from the forest modeling process.