FOR 310 Indigenous Culture and Ecology

For 310 Indigenous Culture and Ecology (3 cr, max 9)

Students will explore how both endemic plant and animal species and native culture have been impacted by non- native species. A roughly 10 day field trip to remote communities requires active and effective participation, hands-on projects are conducted in those communities based on preparatory materials, and a there is a major presentation for Idaho stakeholders upon completion of the field trip.

FOR 320 Dendrology

For 320 Dendrology (4 cr)

Phylogenetic approach to understanding the systematics, morphology, geography, and ecology of the major species of North American woody plants. Includes identification and classification of important tree species of North American and other important woody plants of the Pacific Northwest and northern Rocky Mountains. Three lectures and two 1.5-hour labs a week; two 1-day field trips.

Prereq or Coreq: Biol 114 or PlSc 205

FOR 324 Forest Regeneration

For 324 Forest Regeneration (3 cr)

Natural and artificial regeneration of forest ecosystems; reproduction methods; selection of seed source and stock type; nursery cultural practices; tree improvement; site preparation methods to establish regeneration. One lecture and one 2-hr lab a week. Two all day field trips. A semester-long project requires time spent weekly in a nursery to regularly monitor plant development under varied environmental conditions (approximately 45 hours over the 18-week spring semester in addition to lectures, labs and out-of-class studying).

Prereq: For 274, For 330, Soil 205 and Soil 206

FOR 325 Numerical Analysis for Fire Managers

For 325 Numerical Analysis for Fire Manages (4 cr)
The assembly, summarizing and display of fire management data, including fuels inventories, fire occurrence, behavior, and weather, as well as environmental and other effects of fire. Students will learn to formulate testable hypotheses from data, develop predictive equations and correlations, create probability-weighted decision matrices, and draw supportable conclusions from analyses. Intensive off-campus short course with pre-work and homework. Course is only open to students enrolled in the US Technical Fire Management program. (Fall only)

FOR 326 Fire Ecology and Management

For 326 Fire Ecology and Management (3 cr)

Credit may only be earned in For 326 or For 426, but not both. The study of wildfire as a biophysical and ecological process, including controls of wildfires, ecological effects of wildfires, fire history, and fire in the context of global environmental change. Current issues in fire management in the Western US and globally, including readings and discussions of recent scientific literature. One-day field trip with data collection and formal lab write up. (Fall only).

Prereq: For 221 or REM 221

FOR 330 Forest Soil and Canopy Processes

For 330 Forest Soil and Canopy Processes (4 cr)

Above- and below-ground biophysical processes that determine how forest ecosystems function. Emphasis is on interactions affecting forest productivity including soil nutrient cycles, light energy, water and nutrient acquisition. Process modeling is used to illustrate effects of complex interactions on carbon budgets. Applications include effects of environmental stress and disturbance such as forest management, fire, pests and global climate change. Builds from general ecology (For 221/REM 221) by exploring processes controlling forest production, and establishes a foundation to address forest management questions in For 324 and For 424. Two lec and one 4-hr lab a week, including several field trips.

Prereq: Soil 205; and Math 143 or Math 160; and Phys 100/100L or Phys 111/111L; and For 221 or REM 221

FOR 375 Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management

For 375 Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management (3 cr)

Methods and techniques for obtaining quantitative and qualitative geospatial information from aerial and satellite images, maps, and the Global Positioning System for input into geographic information systems. Analysis of geospatial data for mapping, monitoring and planning associated with all aspects of natural resource management. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk.

Prereq: College Algebra

FOR 398 Renewable Natural Resources Internship

For 398 (s) Renewable Natural Resources Internship (cr arr)

Supervised field experience with an appropriate public or private agency. Reqd for cooperative education students. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission of department