Forest Ecosystem Management

FOR 410. FOREST ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT (3) FOR 410 syllabus (Please note that syllabi are subject to change and this may not be the most current syllabus.)

This course introduces the basic concepts, methods and issues involved in applying ecosystem management (EM) in temperate forests.  The course is open to all students interested in managing forest ecosystems.  Concepts addressed include defining ecosystem management, applying biodiversity preservation, ecosystem integrity, sustainability, and adaptive management, putting “healthy forests” in context, and balancing human needs (and competing societal goals) with ecological goals.  Course objectives include 1. articulating your own rationale for how natural resources management decisions and policies should be made, 2. articulating and defending what constitutes a “healthy” forest, 3. describing the historical social and ecological forces and events that created current forests, 4. describing how current social and ecological trends are likely to influence future forests, 5. describing and evaluating management tools and processes for promoting sustainable natural resources management, 6. articulating the unique roles of scientific information and societal values in natural resources policy-making, 7. being able to read, understand, and discuss scientific articles related to ecosystem management, and 8. persuasively articulating your views related to ecosystem management in writing and orally.  The course is based on reading and discussing textbook chapters and scientific articles with an emphasis on developing critical thinking skills through oral and written communication.  Evaluation methods include participation, note-taking, comments, essays, and exams.  This course is offered every spring.