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Forest Fire Management

FOR 320 FOREST FIRE MANAGEMENT (2) FOR 320 syllabus (Please note that syllabi are subject to change and this may not be the most current syllabus.)

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the physical and biological process of fire and the role of fire in the ecology and management of forest and non-forest systems.  This course is open to all majors interested in forest fire ecology.  The objectives of this course are for students to be able to 1) discuss current issues in fire management for forests in Pennsylvania and areas from around the world 2) act as a certified wildland fire fighter in Pennsylvania 3) continue wildland fire fighter training to be certified to serve on stand and federal fire-fighting crews 4) apply concepts of fire ecology to predict the effects of fire on a diversity of ecosystems.  Topics covered will include current attitudes towards fire and fire management, phases of combustion, describing a fire, factors influencing fire (fuel characteristics, fire weather, terrain), fire modeling, prescribed fire planning, fire ecology (impacts of fire on plants and animals, fire regimes of major vegetation types, impacts of fire on soils and water, interactions between fire and global climate change), and current issues in fire management.  Optional additional instruction in certified wildland fire fighting will be offered outside of class.  Evaluation methods include homework, exams, a term paper, an oral presentation, and class participation.  This course is offered every spring.