An Introduction to Woodland Ecology
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Semester: Fall 2012
Start Date: September 10, 2012
End Date: November 30, 2012
Credit Towards a Certificate
Online (web-based), continuing education course
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How woodlands provide a rich wildlife habitat, a wealth of recreational opportunities and significant financial return when managed well is the focus of this course. During the course, the steps to evaluate a woodland, to consider management options - from preservation of rare species to timber harvest - and develop a conservation plan is explored. In addition, emphasis is placed on woodland ecosystems.
Those interested in gaining an understanding of management, maintenance and stewardship of woodlands.
|| Weight |
| Quizzes (4)
|| 5% each |
| Assignments (4)
|| 15%, 10%, 25%, 20% |
*Grading Scheme subject to change.
Course TopicsWoodland Conservation - Natural, social and recreational values; genetic diversity; soil and water conservation; stewardship vs management; role of governments
Tree Identification - Root, stem and branch morphology; structure and function of leaves; tree form and patterns of growth
Ecology of Woodlands - Soil and climate characteristics; succession, competition and complementary interactions; energy webs
Management Options - Developing a work plan; Woodland products - timber, firewood, wildlife conservation, recreation and forest farming
Identifying Non Tree Species - Woodland and flowering plants; ferns and fern allies, grasses, sedges and rushes; mosses
Mapping the Woodland - Maps, aerial photography, satellite imagery and field work
Forest Health - Biotic stresses - insects, diseases, mammals, birds, humans; abiotic stresses - drought and flooding
Wildlife Habitat - Standing dead and dieing trees; downed woody debris, mast trees and stick nests; conifer thickets in hardwood and conifer stands
Planning and Implementation - planning, creating a work plant and budgeting
Tree Harvesting - Silviculture; uneven and even aged systems; choosing a harvest method and timing
Rare and Invasive Species - Monitoring and control
Tree Planting - Plantations, planning, site preparation, stock handling, planting techniques and competition control
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Phone: 519 824-4120 ext. 55000
These course details are based on information provided to date by the associated academic department or the course instructor. Course specific information remains subject to change until the actual date of course commencement. In the event of a discrepancy between the course information provided here and on the course website, the course website will be taken as official.