F&ES 669b / 2017-2018

Forest Management Operations for Professional Foresters

Credits: 2

Spring 2018: M, 10:30-12:50, Kroon 319
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The operational aspects of managing forestland are taught, including topics essential to the professional practice of forest management. Operational aspects of regeneration, intermediate tending, and harvesting (planning, layout, implementation, and post-operation evaluation), best management practices, regulatory and wetlands considerations, and socioeconomic dimensions of field operations are included. The ethical and professional responsibilities of forest managers who are responsible for land-altering activities are also considered.
The course includes field time to help students utilize their existing knowledge about forests to rapidly assess stands and land parcels with respect to the planning and implementation of on-the-ground treatments. Classes feature local field trips to view forestry operations and to develop and refine field skills. 

The course can be taken for 2 credits by any student at F&ES or combined with the 1-credit Southern Forest and Forestry Field Trip (F&ES 670b) for 3 credits. This trip is scheduled for the first week of March break and will involve an intensive view of southern forest management and culture, including silviculture, harvesting, processing, and other management operations as can be scheduled. 

Prerequisites include any silviculture courses.
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