F&ES 660a / 2016-2017

Forest Dynamics: Growth and Development of Forest Stands

Credits: 3
Fall 2016: Tu,Th, 10:00-11:20, Marsh Rotunda
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This course introduces the study of forest stand dynamics—how the structure and composition of different forest types change over time (from regeneration to old growth). Understanding the dynamic nature of forest stands is important for creating and maintaining a variety of critical wildlife habitats on the landscape, managing for sustainable supplies of wood products and other forest values, or predicting the risks and managing the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Through lectures, discussions, and field trips we explore forest development processes and pathways, concentrating on the biological mechanisms driving forest structural change and the roles of natural and human disturbances in initiating and altering stand development trajectories. We make use of New England forests as living laboratories, while discussing how similar patterns and processes of forest development are played out in forests around the globe.

F&ES 660 is a prerequisite for:
F&ES 661: Analysis and Development of Silvicultural Prescriptions
F&ES 954: Management Plans for Protected Areas (includes Friday and Saturday Field trips)
F&ES 969: Rapid Assessments in Forest Conservation

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