Silviculture and Restoration Ecology
The 2019 Forestry 2544 class visiting Blue Springs along the Current River during the summer Field Studies session
Introduction to Silviculture and Management
This field-based course is a component of the field studies requirement for the Forestry degree. Silvicultural principles are presented using exercises and examples throughout the state of Missouri, with visits to private, state, and federal lands to provide a contrast of silvicultural systems and management approaches.
(Summer - 1 credit hour)
Forest Fire Control and Use
This course provides a background in the science, ecology, and application of fire. Students gain an understanding of how fire is influenced by the physical environment and the fuels present. We survey fire effects on ecosystem attributes and discuss how fire regimes affect natural communities. Through this course, students get opportunity for Red Card certification, working in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation.
(Fall - 2 credit hours)
Practice of Silviculture
The theory and practice of silviculture are discussed, with emphasis on application to Missouri forests but with comparison to techniques used across regions. The ecology of forests and woodlands is presented in terms of silvicultural application and in relation to the needs and values of landowners and society. Techniques and practices within each stage of the silvicultural system, including regeneration, tending, and harvest, are presented.
(Spring - 3 credit hours)
An in-depth look at the theory and practice of silviculture is based on past studies and published literature. We discuss the benefits and potential problems with specific silvicultural practices, quantitiative tools and models, and emerging applications of silviculture to fields such as restoration ecology. This course will emphasize critical reading and the development of scientific writing skills.
(Even Spring - 3 credit hours)
There are several opportunities for students to gain experience with special topics, research problems, or practical internships. Each spring, one undergraduate student works as the maple syrup intern, collecting data on sap production and organizing the maple syrup project. Each summer, several students work at Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center on a variety of forest management or research projects.