About

Forestry 547 has no pre-requisites and is open to any graduate students interested in learning more about the issues facing forestry in BC today. The course is designed as an introduction to forestry in British Columbia for incoming graduate students, visiting/exchange students and other Faculty visitors.

For more information, contact Sue Watts at sue.watts@ubc.ca or 604.822.6316.

Schedule

Fall Term 2016 – Fridays 9am – noon
Forest Sciences Centre Room 1613
Course Organizer – Dr Sue Watts
Credits – 3
Prerequisites – none

Course Description

This 3 credit course is designed as an introduction to forestry in British Columbia for incoming graduate students, international students, visiting students and other Faculty visitors. By successfully completing Forestry 547 you will have an increased knowledge that will enable you to make informed comment on the issues facing forestry in BC today. Your expertise will include professional level writing and oral presentation skills on topics of BC forestry.

Course delivery includes a combination of lectures, field trips, group discussion, and student presentations.

The course includes 3 mandatory field trips (with a fee) which provide unique opportunities to understand BC’s forests, their management, the pressures imposed on them by natural and human-caused disturbance, and the many perspectives and paradigms and beliefs about how they should be managed and for what balance of values.

Course Assessment

Student grades will be assigned on the basis of the following maximum scores:

15% for overall participation in the course (contribution to in-class discussion)
20% for first assignment
30% for oral presentation of major term paper
35% for term paper

Course Schedule

To be confirmed.

  • Friday Sep 9 (Week 1)   Introduction to BC forestry. Class room lecture and discussion.  Steve Mitchell (UBC Forest and Conservation Sciences). Come early for pizza and introductions at 1:30pm. NOTE SPECIAL TIME FOR THIS FIRST LECTURE IS 1:30 pm
  • Friday Sep 16 (Week 2)   Part I Arrangements for forest management in BC.  II  BC tree species. Part I: Lecture and discussion.  Gordon Weetman (UBC Forestry retired). Part II Walking tour of the Pacific Spirit Park. Rob Guy (UBC Forest and Conservation Sciences).
  • Friday Sep 23 (Week 3)   First Nations and forestry in British Columbia. Class room lecture and discussion. Mariko Molander (UBC Wood Science)
  • Friday SEP 30 and SAT Oct 1 (Week 4)   2-day interior field trip. Lighthouse Park, Squamish area forest management (Dave Southam and Kevin Haberl, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations), Whistler, Joffre Lakes, Lillooet resource management (Trevor Chandler, consultant), future of forestry from the St’at’imc perspective (Matt Manuel, Lillooet Tribal Council), ecological restoration in Lillooet (Odin Scholz, Splitrock Environmental), wildlife issues (Sue Senger, consultant TBC). Paul Lawson (UBC Research Forests) and Gordon Weetman (UBC Forestry retired). Accommodation at Hotel De Oro. Dinner (Friday), breakfast and lunch on Saturday provided.
  • Friday OCT 7 (Week 5)   Full-day field trip to Vancouver Island. Parksville, Englishman’s River area and Cathedral Grove.  Molly Hudson (TimberWest) and Rod Negrave (BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations)
  • Friday Oct 14 (Week 6)   Full-day field trip to the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Maple Ridge, various research and operational sites. Paul Lawson (UBC MKRF).
  • Friday Oct 21 (Week 7)   Part I Use of technology in BC forestry. Class room lecture and discussion. Nicholas Coops (UBC Forest Resources Management). Part II Climate change research and adaptation in BC.  Class room lecture and discussion. Sally Aitken (UBC Forest and Conservation Sciences)
  • Friday Oct 28 (Week 8)   Forest management issues. Class room lectures and discussion. Bruce Larson (UBC Forest Resources Management) and Bruce Blackwell (consultant).
  • Friday Nov 4 (Week 9)   Pests and diseases. Class room lecture and discussion. Allan Carroll and Richard Hamelin (UBC Forest and Conservation Sciences).
  • Friday Nov 11 (Week 10)   NO CLASSES – Remembrance Day
  • Friday Nov 18 (Week 11)   Part I Global trends of forest products and markets in the emerging bio-economy. Class room lecture and discussion. Chris Gaston (UBC Wood Science).  Part II Sustainable forest management in British Columbia. Class room lecture and discussion. John Innes (UBC Forest Resources Management). 
  • Friday Nov 25 / Dec 2 (Weeks 12 and 13)   Oral presentations by students.