Are you studying forest ecology, fire science, restoration, or maybe the impacts of climate change on vegetation or wildlife? Have you ever considered working for The Nature Conservancy, Forterra, World Wildlife Fund, US Forest Service or other state or local government agency? If the answer is yes to both of these questions, then you should consider taking ESRM 428. All of these disciplines and agencies are involved in land management issues, and many students are surprised how most management issues (e.g., habitat management, land acquisition, fire management, recreation) have a connection to silviculture.
In Principles of Silviculture and Their Applications we focus on understanding the ecology of many important tree species in the Pacific Northwest from seedling establishment through stand development. The course focuses most heavily on understanding how silvicultural systems work (or don’t work) with our forest communities. Some of the approaches are intensive but others are not. Oh, and there are many more options than Variable Density Thinning or Clearcuts. We emphasize how different systems can be used to meet various objectives.
We emphasize throughout the course connections between silviculture and philosophy, cultural traditions (US and European), politics, economics, and policy. Most harvest decisions are not well grounded in the ecology or silviculture. It would good if you know enough about the topic to help guide important decisions in the future.
This hands-on course includes one weekend field trip to Pack Forest and three one-day field trips. ESRM 323, Silviculture, is a prerequisite, but all graduate students are invited to register. Ask Student Services for an Add Code if necessary.