International Forestry


This course emphasizes forestry practices in developing and redeveloping countries, including ecological, economic, social, technological and political aspects along with an overview of the global distribution of forest types and deforestation.  Students should have completed coursework in silviculture, ecosystem management, or international agriculture.  The overall objective of the course is to involve students in the complex context of forestry in global ecology and economy through a pattern of presentation and consideration designed to provoke thought and debate while emphasizing the roles of written communication and media in shaping public awareness.  Topical coverage includes:  forest function, fragmentation, forest farming, fire, nontimber forest products, economic development, biogeography, social forestry, protection, conservation, preservation, sustainable certification, and global climate change.  Evaluation methods in this writing intensive course include exams, essays, and class participation.