FOR4625Natural Disturbance of Forests4 ch (3C 3L) (EL)

Presents management approaches to forest disturbances that include fire, drought, introduced species, insects and pathogen outbreaks, windstorms, and ice storms. This course will explore their interactions at the stand/population and landscape levels, including implications associated with climate change. Major components to be discussed are: monitoring and prediction of hazard and risk; damage prediction based on organism population dynamics; management strategies and tactics including acquisition and deployment of resources, control methods and cost benefit analyses. Taxonomy of major families of insects and diseases will be covered in laboratory sessions.

Prerequisites: FOR 3445, FOR 3455, and FOR 3006, or permission of instructor.