BIOL 1223 - Introduction to Forestry, 3 Credits

Level: Lower

Course Attributes: Liberal Arts and Science

This course is designed to familiarize students with the sustainable management of New York hardwood forests. Students are introduced to the history of forests and forestry practices in North America and New York State, as well as basic tree biology, silvicultural systems, and forest management. Major emphases are placed on practical management strategies for maintaining and developing wood lots and farm forests for a variety of desired outcomes, including lumber, fuel, aesthetics, erosion control, and wildlife habitat. The financial aspects of various forestry strategies also are discussed. As part of the practical component of the course, students will be required to complete a detailed forest management plan.