F223 Field Measurements 3 credits
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of forest and natural resource measurements. Emphasis will be placed on the use of technical field and forestry equipment to collect and analyze forest and other natural resource data, including but not limited to logs, trees, plants, wildlife, and forest-level attributes. To manage forest resources sustainably, practitioners must know the quality and quantity of resources and their change over time. Students will use tools to collect data, analyze data, and see how that data gets used in real management decisions. Although the general topic of the course focuses on quantitative analysis of forest vegetation, time and effort will be spent measuring other forest resources (e.g., wildlife habitat resources and riparian zones). Moreover, the theory and methodology discussed in this course can be applied to other renewable resources.
This course may be taken 1 time for credit.