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Peter Schiess
FISH 328
Seattle Campus

Forestry-Fisheries Interactions

Characteristics of forestry-fisheries interactions in terrestrial and aquatic landscapes. Effects of changes in landforms on forest and aquatic communities. River basin and watershed features. Forest stand dynamics, forest hydrology, fish and wildlife histories and behavior. Resource conflicts and resolution. Offered: jointly with ESRM 328; Sp, even years.

Class description

Fishes and forests facts and fictions: Understanding the history of the PNW means understanding the conflicts and issues surrounding the salmon/fisheries and forest/timber industry. Misconceptions abound about salmon recovery needs as well as roading/logging impacts. In class we will discuss the role forests play in fish habitat and what role riparian zones play in maintaining fish habitat and economic viability of forest landowners. In the process we review the physical processes and environments that define the fishes-forest interactions and move towards forest management practices that can complement and enhance habitat requirements for critical species such as salmon while also addressing the fiduciary responsibilities of the landowner.


Teach you how to think through multi-resource management objectives with competing, non-exclusionary objectives Be able to understand management of forests that contain riparian zones

Objectives 1. Understand the role of the forest in the life of anadromous fish 2. Understand functions of a riparian zone 3. Prepare you to understand management plans for riparian zones and know appropriate laws and regulations 4. Understand impacts of management on the goals and objectives of forest landowners

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Students are expected to regularly attend lectures and do the assigned reading. Weekly reading is assigned and posted on the class web site. Lab session will be used to summarize/discuss the topics introduced during the week.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites. The course is designed for the non-specialist. It will provide students, interested in the issues of salmon recovery and a viable forestry sector, a background to understand the technical jargon of the experts allowing you to ask pertinent questions.

Class assignments and grading

Four assignments will review the weekly material and range from website reviews to solving questions related to teh weekly topic. Assignments will be introduced and discussed during the lab sessions and possible solution scenarios discussed.

Four assignments (20%), one group project (20%) towards the end of the quarter, one mid-term (20%) and a final (40%) will make up your grade. Mid term and the final examination are closed book and notes.

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.
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Last Update by Peter Schiess
Date: 12/08/2003