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Forest Resources Measurements

FOR 366. FOREST RESOURCES MEASUREMENTS (4) FOR 366 syllabus (Please note that syllabi are subject to change and this may not be the most current syllabus.)

This course provides the necessary skills and tools to quantify the dimensions that form the basis for natural resource management in the field of forestry.  As such, this course is intended for forestry majors with some familiarity with the statistical estimation of parameters, testing of hypothesis, simple linear regression, and the trigonometric characteristics of the circle and right triangle.  We start with the fundamentals of mapping and land survey methods.  Included will be elementary map and compass work, followed by an introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  The emphasis will then switch to timber as we learn about various wood products and their measurements.  The basics of measuring standing trees, logs, and lumber will be presented.  Following this will be the collection and analysis of cruise data.  In addition, we will learn to collect the data needed to examine regeneration, growth and stand projections.  Finally, we will discuss the measurement of non-timber products, including urban trees, watersheds, and recreational values.  Upon completion of this course, the student is to be prepared to (1) properly use standard forest inventory equipment, (2) establish approximate property boundaries and cruise plot/point locations using GPS and compass and tape, (3) design a completely random, stratified random, or systematic timber cruise, (4) calculate per-acre and tract volumes from timber cruises based on fixed-area plots, point samples, double sampling, or strips with appropriate statistics, (5) design and perform a timber trespass cruise, (6) grade and scale hardwood logs and lumber, and (7) value amenity trees.  Evaluation methods include quizzes, lab assignments, a report, and lab and lecture exams.  This course is offered every spring.