Advanced Summer Field Program at Cloquet

The Advanced Forestry Field Session at the Cloquet Forestry Center is a unique opportunity for intensive hands-on experiences designed for Forest and Natural Resource Management (FNRM) majors. Information about the Session is given below and in the 2019 Handbook (.pdf). To learn more about the Center, visit Information on the faculty.  

Who Should Attend

The Department of Forest Resources’ Advanced Forest and Natural Resource Management Field Session is designed for students who wish to become directly involved in forest land management or find positions in specialized areas such as resource measurements, analysis and planning, silviculture, timber harvesting, hydrology, forest protection, or policy development. It provides unique hands-on learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students that build upon previous coursework and knowledge.

All undergraduate Forest and Natural Resources Management majors within the Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation (FEMC) specialization are required to attend. FEMC specialization students must attend at least two of the three classes offered.

Graduate students who are interested in on-the-ground practices and field skills development are also encouraged to attend. They may take the course at either the 4xxx or 5xxx level, depending upon their need for credits. Additionally, graduate students focusing on how society values and makes decisions about the use, management, and protection of natural and environmental resources will also benefit from attending the session.

What Do Students Study at the Advanced Summer Forestry Field Session?

The session is an intensive experience where students learn the field techniques and applications of remote sensing and resource survey, silviculture, and timber harvesting and road planning. Extensive time is spent examining and applying advanced concepts in the field. Each course is taught independently, yet builds upon the previous classes. The three courses included in the session are described below. For additional information on the courses and faculty, see

FNRM 4511 (2 credits) and FNRM 5611 (1 credit/graduate students only) – Field Silviculture, Marcella Campione-Windmuller, Instructor
Students learn how to collect field data and prepare/write silvicultural prescriptions for achieving management objectives within the context of stand, landscape, watershed, and wildlife habitat/biodiversity issues. They conduct field exercises that consider forest entomology, pathology, tree improvement, forest soils, and nontimber forest products. As a major part of the course, students work in groups to develop a “stewardship plan” for a Cloquet-area landowner’ property. This involves identifying landowner goals and objectives, inventorying and evaluating the land, and developing short- and long-term management prescriptions. Prerequisites for undergraduate students: FNRM 3104, 3411, or instructor consent.

FNRM 4515 (2 credits) and FNRM 5615 (1 credit/graduate students only) – Field Remote Sensing and Resource Survey, Joe Knight and John Zobel, Instructors
This course builds student knowledge and skills in remote sensing and sampling and measurement methods for inventory, mapping, monitoring and analysis of forest and related natural resources. Students conduct exercises in field data collection and image interpretation, data synthesis and reporting, and learn about resource survey design options. These exercises expose students to a range of approaches and technologies for data capture, analysis and reporting. Problems considered range from describing trees and stands on the Cloquet Forestry Center to larger landscape and regional levels and issues from describing land use, resource condition, future condition, and management practices, including the impact of practices. Prerequisites for undergraduate students: FNRM 3218 and 3262 or instructor consent.

FNRM 4521 (2 credits) and FNRM 5621 (1 credit/graduate students only) – Field Applications of Timber Harvesting and Road Planning, Charlie Blinn, Instructor
Students learn about the process of planning and conducting timber harvesting and forest road design considering the economic, environmental, and social influences which impact those operations. The intent is to present and discuss those issues in the context of implementing natural resource management plans. Course emphasis is on providing field-based experiences with the various aspects of timber harvesting and road planning. As site and stand conditions, landowner objectives, regulations, and other factors vary across the landscape, there are a variety of approaches used to accomplish timber harvesting and road planning. The course will address many of the different methods, presenting more detail for some than others. The course includes field trips to forests managed by public and private landowners to view on-the ground practices. Grading is based on four exercises (application of forest management guidelines, timber appraisal, road design, and timber sale design) and a final exam. Prerequisites for undergraduate students: FNRM 3411 and 3431, or instructor consent.


Registration is on-line. If you do not fulfill course prerequisites, you will need to get permission from the faculty member(s) in charge of the course.

For students who are currently admitted to a degree program at the University of Minnesota, registration for this session began on March 7.

For students who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at the University of Minnesota and visiting students, registration for this session begins on March 14.

Non-degree seeking students who wish to attend the Advanced Field Session are required to submit an Application for Non-Degree Admission to the Student Services Office as soon as possible. Non-Degree students are not required to pay an application fee and receive instructor approval. Registration for Non-degree students starts on March 8.

Non-major students may register for the Advanced Field Session if they have completed the prerequisites or if they get permission from the faculty member(s) in charge of the course.

Graduate students may register for the Advanced Field session beginning on March 7. If they haven’t completed course prerequisites, students should discuss their enrollment in a course with their advisor and the appropriate instructor(s) prior to registering for the session.

Tuition and Fees (approximate)

Tuition (per credits)

  Resident Nonresident

Undergraduate Students



Graduate Students $1,422.00 $2,201.00

Note: Undergraduate students maybe eligible for financial aid if they register for 6 credits. Additionally, the College and/or Department of Forest Resources may be able to provide scholarship support for the session for those students who applied through the CFANS scholarship process. Given those possibilities, students should register early.


University Sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) $612.00*
College and Program Fee $110.00 (>6 credits)
Course fees (all include lodging at Cloquet Forestry Center, equipment, supplies)
FNRM 4511/FNRM 5611 (also includes transportation) $84.00
FNRM 4515/FNRM 5615 $70.00
FNRM 4521/FNRM 5621 (also includes transportation) $84.00

*If you are 1) admitted to a degree program, and 2) registered for 3 or more credits during summer term that count towards the automatic assessment of the Student Services Fee, you are required by the University of Minnesota to have health plan coverage. If you meet both of these criteria you will be automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan. If you were enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan during the spring semester, you will be automatically covered through the summer term at no additional cost. Non-degree students do not need to purchase the plan. By requiring students to have health plan coverage, the University ensures all students have access to medical care and can maintain good health, which is essential for academic success. You may choose to waive the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan by providing proof of enrollment in an alternative eligible health plan. 

Summary of estimated total tuition and fees for undergraduate students

Student Category Student with own health insurance Student with U of M SHBP
Resident undergraduate student taking 4 credits, including FNRM 4515 $2,273.00 $2,885.00
Resident undergraduate student only taking FNRM 4511 and FNRM 4521 $2,287.00 $2,899.00
Resident undergraduate student taking all 6 credits $3,361.50 $3,973.50

Summary of estimated total tuition and fees for graduate students

Student Category Student on a Research Assistantship previous Fall and Spring Semesters Student NOT on a Research Assistantship previous Fall and Spring Semesters
Resident graduate student only taking FNRM 5615 $1,602.00 $2,214.00
Resident graduate student only taking FNRM 5611 or FNRM 5621 $1,700.00 $2,312.00
Resident graduate student taking 2 credits at the 5XXX-level, including FNRM 5615 $3,108.00 $3,720.00
Resident graduate student only taking FNRM 5611 and FNRM 5621 $3,122.00 $3,734.00
Resident graduate student taking all 3 credits at the 5XXX-level $4,614.00 $5,226.00

A billing statement for tuition and fees will be sent to your student account when you register for the session. These charges must be paid in full by the due date indicated on your billing statement. A late fee will be assessed if payment is not received by that time.

Student Health

The Advanced Field Session involves sustained physical activity, working alone or in teams, often on uneven terrain and in a variety of weather conditions. A medical examination prior to the session is advised. Students who are required to complete the field session, but will not be able to do so due to medical reasons, should contact Dr. Michael Kilgore (612/624-3400) within the Department of Forest Resources. Students should inform the instructor of any physical problems that might restrict their ability to perform a particular assignment.

Immunization clearance is not required for the session; however, students attending the session should have had a tetanus booster vaccination within the last five years.

While at Cloquet, students who have registered for 3 or more semester credits and who have paid their Student Service Fee are regular members of the University Health Service with medical services provided through Raiter Clinic (218/879-1271), 417 Skyline Blvd., Cloquet. Directions to the Raiter Clinic are noted below Coverage is similar to that available on the Twin Cities Campus. All injuries must be reported immediately to Dr. Andy David (Director, 218-244-6794) or Stephanie Oberg (Facility Coordinator, 218-726-6401) at the Cloquet Forestry Center and the course Instructor.

Directions from the Cloquet Forestry Center to Raiter Clinic: 

Head northeast on University Road toward Cartwright Rd for 0.6 miles
Continue onto Brevator Road for 0.6 miles
Turn right onto Big Lake Road for 2.4 miles
Turn left onto MN-33 N for 1.4 miles
Turn right onto Skyline Blvd. and proceed for 0.1 miles
Make a U-turn. Destination is on the right in 0.1 miles

Raiter Clinic's hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday by appointment. After hours medical services are available at the Community Memorial Hospital emergency room (218/879-4641), 512 Skyline Blvd., Cloquet. Directions to the Community Memorial Hospital are noted below.

Directions from the Cloquet Forestry Center to Community Memorial Hospital Emergency Room: cfcmemorial
Head northeast on University Rd toward Cartwright Rd for 0.6 miles
Continue onto Brevator Road for 0.6 miles
Turn right onto Big Lake Road for 2.4 miles
Turn left onto MN-33 N for 1.4 miles
Turn right onto Skyline Blvd. Destination is on the right in 0.2 miles

All medical bills must be submitted to the student's hospitalization insurance carrier first. After their insurance carrier determines the amount they will pay, the student should send the emergency medical service bill and the insurance company's explanation of benefits worksheet (which indicates how much the insurance company paid) to: Boynton Health Service, 410 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455, Attention: Patient Accounting Supervisor.

The Cloquet Forestry Center does not stock any medications. If you are susceptible to allergic reactions to pollen, insect bites, or stings, etc. bring your own medication to the session. Northern Minnesota is an area where you should be concerned about tick borne diseases. Additional information about Lyme disease is presented below on Pages 12 – 15 and by linking to:,, and


Students must live on the Center because it greatly simplifies schedules and group assignments and it provides a better learning experience. The Center will apply housing regulations defined within the University’s Community Behavioral Standards ( By staying in Center housing, you are agreeing to abide by those policies. Housing is available on the Center in Cabins 45 (students who begin in the second week) and 46 (students who begin in the first week) in single person hotel style rooms. Camping facilities are not available. Cabins 45 and 46 have wireless internet access, as does the Administration Building.

Pillows and mattresses are provided. However, pillow cases, linen for a twin bed, towels, and blankets must be furnished by students. The occupants of each room are expected to keep their room clean (cleaning supplies will be available). The quarters are clean when students arrive and must be clean when they leave. Students are responsible for room clean up prior to their departure. Pets are not allowed in the dorm rooms under any circumstances.

Please respect the buildings. Do not deface any walls by carving or writing. Do not put nails or tacks in the walls. Abnormal breakage or damage to dormitories or dorm rooms will be assessed against the individuals involved. Do not wear hobnail or caulk boots in buildings. Do not move any beds or furniture from one area to another. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings.


Students are responsible for providing their own meals. Complete cooking facilities (e.g., two full-size refrigerators, a range with an oven, microwave, coffeemaker, dishes, pots and pans, silverware) are available in Cabin 46. Cooking is not permitted in the dorm rooms. You may bring a mini-refrigerator for your room.


The Advanced Summer Field Session is held at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center in northern Minnesota. Information about the center can be found at For directions see the map below.

Map of Cloquet Forestry Center

Arrival and Departure

The Session will begin at the Center on Wednesday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the Administration Building with class and lodging check-in, equipment sign-out, briefing, and an introductory tour of the forest focused on measurement concepts. This tour is considered a part of the first course, FNRM 4515/5615. Park your car in the large parking area next to Cabin 46. A welcoming BBQ for students and faculty is provided by the Department of Forest Resources immediately following the forest tour. In any case, do not report before 2:30 PM on Wednesday, May 15. If you are unable to report to Cloquet by 3 PM on May 15, please contact Joe Knight (

Please be advised that your post-session schedule for employment or other activities should take into account the end date for whatever course(s) you are registered to take. Requests for early releases to accommodate personal plans will not be approved. Dorm rooms will be inspected at the end of the session or after your last course to make sure they are clean.

Daily and Weekly Schedule

Approximate class times are from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 12:45 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Saturday. Some evening work will also be scheduled. Class will not meet on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day). The overall schedule of courses is noted below. Individual instructors may make adjustments in the schedule as necessary for their specific courses.

Course Dates
FNRM 4515/5615 (Field Remote Sensing and Resource Survey) May 15 – 18 and May 20 - 22
FNRM 4511/5611 (Field Silviculture) May 23, 24, 28 - 31 (no class on May 25 - 27 (May 27 is a holiday))
FNRM 4521/5621 (Field Timber Harvesting and Road Planning) June 3 - 7


Bring your course notes for all prerequisite classes. The following are required supplies that must be provided by students. The supplies are not available at the Cloquet Forestry Center. Purchase them before you leave the Twin Cities. Some items are available at the Books Underground Bookstore on the St. Paul Campus. For the most part, the expensive items will also be used in other courses and/or in your professional career.

  • Forester's compass
  • Tatum holder or clipboard to hold 8-1/2 x 11-inch paper
  • Paper for reports and a packet of graph paper
  • Pencils, pens, colored pencils, etc. for note taking and report writing
  • Pocket calculator
  • Ruler marked in inches and tenths
  • Flash drive

The following items are required for FNRM 4515/5615 (Field Remote Sensing and Resource Survey)

  • Hand lens
  • Engineer or architect's scale
  • Protractor

Personal needs:

  • Pillow cases, linen for a twin bed, towels and blankets must be furnished by students; pillows and mattresses are provided.
  • Field clothes adequate for protection against cold, rain and insects, including ticks. A waterproof hat, jacket, pants, and waterproof boots are an absolute necessity because field work is carried out regardless of the weather.
  • Footwear appropriate for walking on uneven ground, through dense brush, and when the soil and vegetation are wet and soggy.
  • Any other clothing deemed necessary for a 3-week field course.
  • Toiletries.
  • Insect repellant containing DEET or permethrin--carefully follow the directions on the container.
  • Sun protection.
  • Any medications including kits for insect stings, bee stings, etc.
  • Glasses or other eye protection of working in the woods

Each student will be issued equipment when they check-in for use in one or more courses. Each student is responsible for the care of the equipment they are issued. Tapes, increment borers, and other tools or equipment needing protection from rust should be kept oiled. Losses or unwarranted damage will be paid for by the responsible student or crew. Hard hats will be issued and must be worn when you are visiting an active timber sale. Eye and ear protection are available, but if you have your own, bring it with you. Specific items that will be checked out to students at check-in and collected before checkout are:

Equipment issued to all students

  • 100 ft. tape
  • Diameter tape
  • Suunto clinometer
  • Increment borer
  • Tree and Log Scale Stick with angle gauge (hinge attachment)
  • Prism 20 BAF
  • Pocket stereoscope
  • Hard hat
  • Safety Glasses (optional)

Equipment that may be issued for short periods

  • Laser rangefinder
  • GPS receiver
  • PDA

Course-related Transportation

In an effort to keep down student costs, transportation will only be rented for FNRM 4511/5611 and FNRM 4521/5621 when significant travel away from the Cloquet Forestry Center is anticipated. At other times, students are expected to provide their own transportation for more local classroom activities. As some local classroom activities require transportation in-woods, students need to consider the off-road capabilities of their personal vehicles. Where appropriate, students are responsible for making equitable arrangements with other students for covering transportation expenses associated with local classroom activities. Students must sign and return a Release of Liability form before they will be allowed to participate in any course-related field trips.


Emergency Contact Information
Student must complete and return the Emergency Contact Information form to Charlie Blinn by April 26.

Individual dorm rooms do not have phones. The Cloquet Forestry Center office number is 218-726-6400. In addition, several courtesy telephones are located throughout the Center. One is located in the vestibule as you enter the Classroom Administration Building (218-726-6489). A phone is also located in the kitchens units of cabin #45 (218-726-6492) and cabin #46 (218-726-6493).

A 24-station computer lab is available to students for class assignments, e-mail, and internet access via a fiber optic line.

Mail can be sent to the Cloquet Forestry Center using the following address. Mail arrives in the mid- to late afternoon, Monday-Friday.

Cloquet Forestry Center
175 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720-9594

Outgoing mail can be placed in the mailbox located on the road between the Administration Building (#44) and the Forest Management Building (#2). It must be placed in the box by 11:30 a.m. each day.

A washer and dryer are available in the basement of Cabin #36. Additionally, two laundromats are located in the City of Cloquet.

Alcoholic Beverages
As a University of Minnesota campus, CFC adheres to UMN policy regarding alcohol and drug use. In short, students or others housed on or visiting a UMN campus must follow state law, which prohibits consumption, purchase, or possession of alcohol by individuals younger than 21.

The Cloquet Forestry Center is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.

Room check for supplies
A member of the Center staff will enter student rooms weekly sometime between 10AM - noon on Mondays to check for supply needs, damage, etc.

Storage of miscellaneous items
Do not store items in your room which can block the way in an emergency situation, destroy the interior of a building, or which can cause fire. Specific items which have been a concern in the past include bicycles, car batteries, motorcycles, and canoe paddles. Please store these items outside. Bring a lock to secure them, if necessary.

Pets are not permitted—do not bring them! This policy is rigidly enforced.

As per University Board of Regents policy on the possession and carrying of weapons, (, no person, whether a student, employee, or visitor, shall possess or carry a weapon while on University property unless they are a licensed peace officer, security guard, other law enforcement agent or military personnel when acting in the course of their official duties and when authorized to carry weapons; they are participating in military training when acting in the course of their official duties or performing duly assigned tasks involving weapons; acting under University Presidential approval; or for the purposes of lawful storage of a firearm inside a personal motor vehicle.

Course instructors may take photos of the class at various times for a number of reasons in support of the Department of Forest Resources’ educational, promotional and publicity efforts. Students are requested to sign and return a Photo Release Form to allow the photographs to be used in a publication, print ad, direct mail piece, electronic media (e.g., video, CD-ROM, Internet/WWW), or other form of promotion.

Students taking tree measurements