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Forest Resource Management

FOR 466W. FOREST RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3) FOR 466W syllabus (Please note that syllabi are subject to change and this may not be the most current syllabus.)

This course covers the decision making process surrounding the optimization of economic and logistic aspects of timber production at both stand and forest scales.  The course is designed for upper division forestry majors who have completed coursework in silviculture and preferably forest economics; it is a core course in the Forest Science-Forest Management major.  Topics covered in detail include when to harvest even-aged stands, identifying a target diameter class distribution and selecting a cutting cycle for uneven-aged stands, determining the harvest level, specific areas to be harvested over time, and how much and what areas to allocate to special management areas such as extended rotation areas, aesthetic buffers, stream-side management zones, and wildlife areas.  Course objectives include 1. clearly articulating how forest management decisions should be made, 2. applying financial analysis to evaluate stand-level management decisions, 3. accounting for inflation in financial analyses, 4. removing inflation from price and cost series and analyzing trends to project future trends, 5. calculating the value of a property based on expected costs and revenues from timber production, 6. using financial analysis to assess the implications of forest taxes, 7. implementing concepts such as mean annual increment, land expectation value, forest value, and long-term sustained yield, 8. developing a forest management plan, 9. applying planning techniques to evaluate sustainable timber harvest levels and projecting future forest inventory, growth, and age-class distribution, 10. using harvest scheduling models to assess tradeoffs between alternative management objectives and the impacts of management constraints such as budgets and personnel, 11. using a spreadsheet for a variety of tasks, including organizing information, producing high-quality graphs, evaluating management alternatives, and conducting sensitivity analyses, and 12. evaluating the cost of environmental goals or constraints in terms of increased timber production costs or reduced output.  The course emphasizes basic tools used in making these decisions, including financial analysis at the stand level and linear programming at the forest level.  Evaluation methods include homework, lab exercises, exams, and developing management plans.  This course is offered every spring.