FOR 3214 Fire Ecology and Management

The basic objective of this course is to understand the principles, concepts, and issues surrounding fire, and to integrate this information into the context of natural resource management, protection, and stewardship.

Learning goals:
  • Analyze fire as a physical process, including the chemistry and dynamics of fire
  • Understand fire as an ecological process, including effects on plants, animals, soil, water and air
  • Identify social and political forces that affect the use of fire, and how they can be incorporated into land management decisions

FOR 3214L Fire Ecology and Management Lab

This lab addresses how to plan and execute a prescribed fire as well as link differences in the fire regime (i.e., season, frequency, and intensity) to changes in biodiversity and ecosystem function. Students enrolled in the lab will participate in prescribed burns, demonstrate a knowledge of safe fire practices, and develop a burn prescription. Furthermore, we will explore fire as an ecological process in natural ecosystems, including the effects of fire management on the ecology of plants, animals, soil, water, and air.

Learning goals:
  • Understand basic wildland fire behavior and smoke management
  • Describe fire as an ecological process, including effects on plants, animals, soil, water and air
  • Demonstrate ability to safely participate in the execution of prescribed fires
  • Develop a written burn prescription that demonstrates their ability to plan and execute a prescribed fire for a variety of ecosystems and goals

FOR 3200C Foundations in Natural Resources and Conservation

This course is an overview of the history of forestry and conservation in the U.S. and world. We review the basic principles of forest biology, ecology, silviculture and natural resource management, facilitate student interactions with forestry and natural resource professionals, and introduce students to basic field, research, communications and computer skills that will be an integral part of the Forest Resources and Conservation major.

Learning goals:
  • Evaluate current natural resources conservation, application, and policy practices against a knowledge of philosophical and political contexts and historical precedents
  • Apply basic principles of biology, ecology, silviculture, and natural resources management to future coursework and careers
  • Use first-hand interactions with professionals in various natural resource conservation careers to inform future decisions
  • Demonstrate basic field, research, communications, and computer skills that will be integral for achieving a Forest Resources and Conservation or a Natural Resource Conservation major
  • Explore occupations in natural resources and conservation by networking with working professionals and identifying the skills and experience you need to achieve your career goals

FOR 6215 Fire Paradigms

This graduate level course reviews the dominant fire paradigms worldwide, including in-depth review of a specific paradigm, its theoretical basis, and social/ecological/management implications.

Learning goals:
  • Critically evaluate the ecological implications of fire management practices
  • Apply an in-depth understanding of fire ecology to fire research endeavors
  • Engage in critical examination of a variety of fire ecology approaches, subjects, and methodological applications
  • Demonstrate increased individual ability to utilize and/or improve upon existing fire ecology theory and/or models