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Kristiina Vogt
ESRM 101
Seattle Campus

Forests and Society

Survey course covering forest ecosystems of the world, history of forestry and forest conservation, how forest ecosystems function, wildlife in forests, environmental issues in forestry, forest management, economics and products, and new approaches to forest management. Open to majors and nonmajors. Cannot be taken for credit if CFR 101 already taken.

Class description

ESRM 101A Forests and Society Spring 2013; NW/I&S and Writing Credit Option; M-F 1:30-2:20 GUG 220; NOTE: NO TEXTBOOK - ALL READINGS MATERIALS PROVIDED ON CLASS WEBSITE Instructors: Kristiina Vogt (kvogt@uw.edu), contributions by Daniel Vogt (dvogt@uw.edu) Forests have and continue to play important roles in providing environmental services, human values and natural resources to societies around the world. Historically those groups who successfully dominated access to forests and their resources had considerable political, economic and social power. During the last three decades, highly polarized conflicts over resource uses and conservation have played out in forest landscapes because they are embedded in human landscapes. This course provides a ‘road map’ of factors that need to be considered when making decisions in forests and uses case studies to explore these issues.

Specific topics to be covered are: • Reverence, fear of trees/forests • Characteristics of forests & human survival • Historical and current uses of forests • European over-exploitation of someone else’s forests • Democratization of forests uses • Traditional & formal science management of forests • American Indian Tribes and today’s forests & wildlife • Holistic management or traditional knowledge in a globalized world • Human Development Index and global forests • Soils or the unseen earth that nurtures societies • Foods & medicines in forests • Microbes, salmon and forest ecosystems • Wars and forests • History of interconnectivity, ecology and conservation of forests • Disturbances and forests • How society manages forest carbon cycles • Forests, energy & the C cycle contrast to fossil carbon • Forest sustainability & assessment • Forest industry globalization & environmental repercussions • Transformed forest products industry: Engineered products and lots of glue

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites or background needed for the course.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly homework done in groups and submitted in catalyst dropbox. Quiz every two weeks covering material presented during the 2 week period, no final exam.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS: Each of the homework assignments during weeks 1 – 10 is worth 3.5% of your total grade. A total of 35% of your total grade will be derived from these homework assignments.

TOP HAT MONOCLE REVIEW SESSIONS: During each weekly review session, 1.5% of your total grade will be derived from answering questions correctly [each question being counted is worth 0.5% which means that you will be graded on 3 questions]. A total of 15% of your total final grade will be from these TOP HAT MONOCLE sessions. The other 50% of the class grade is from quizzes – quiz every two weeks for a total of 5 quizzes – each quiz worth 10% of your grade; no comprehensive exam

3 Extra credit options: (1)Explore a Forest Near You and write up 2 page description of the values you have for the forest. This option adds 1% to your grade at the end of the quarter. (2) Extra points earned from weekly Top Hat Monocle review of potential questions on quizzes - up to 3% total added to your final grade, and (3) Individually you answer 30 questions from any one week of class - you can choose to answer the questions from any week you select. This option 2 potentially gives you 1.5% added to your final grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kristiina Vogt
Date: 02/16/2014