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Jerry F. Franklin
ESRM 425
Seattle Campus

Ecosystem Management

Scientific and social basis for ecological forestry. Forest practices to achieve integrated environmental and economic goals based upon material models of disturbance and stand development including alternative harvesting methods; adaptive management and monitoring; certification and global issues. Offered: A.

Class description

In 2013 the course will involve a two-week field trip (Sept 7-21) in central and southern Oregon. Students will 1) view forest restoration and other management activities in fire prone forests, 2) examine and discuss collaborative efforts among stakeholders and agency personnel, and 3) view and discuss other management issues. Participants include representatives from USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Native American tribes, and NGOs.

Student learning goals

Biota and natural history of 1) productive west-side forests, 2) dry ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests

Historic forest structure and composition

Consequence of modern human activities including timber harvest and fire suppression

Modern ecologically-based forest management approaches

Major forest policy issues on federal and other forest lands in the Cascade Range

Society's influence on and engagement with forest management

General method of instruction

Required background reading prior to field trip. Lectures in the field, site visits, and discussion of readings, lecture content, and observations from field visits.

Recommended preparation

We will be camping every night. We will have access to bathroom facilities and will be cooking on camp stoves. Students must provide their own personal gear but university transport will be provided. Required reading and written responses prior to start of course.

Class assignments and grading

Attention and participation in the field and in evening discussion sessions. Two written reports are required: 1) field trip report due in the first week of the quarter and 2)research paper on a topic of your choice with instructor approval due in the last week of the quarter.

Comprehension of required reading as demonstrated through application to written questions prior to field visits and lectures. Thoughtful, insightful participation in field visits and discussions. Well-written and considered reports.


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 Keala Rachel Hagmann
Date: 07/09/2013