Forest Resource Capstone
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
Students conduct a sample survey of a large area and present their findings, along with recommendations for management of the area, in a written report. Oral presentation also made to department staff. Limited to second year students or those who have fulfilled majority of Forest Resources Technology Degree requirements.
1. Explain the origin and process of the National Environmental Policy Act.
2. Describe the National Forest planning process and apply the appropriate portions to the assigned capstone project.
3. Explain the role of data collection, or results of the lack of data, and the importance of scientific understanding, including social science, in the planning process.
4. Describe the basic ecological, economic, and social pressures on forest management.
5. Identify, collect, quantify, and analyze biologic, abiotic, and cultural information to enable informed decision making.
6. Develop management alternatives for the assigned capstone project, select a preferred alternative, and defend the preferred alternative in a presentation to an audience of experts.
Identifying landowner objectives
NEPA and the federal planning process focusing on USFS National Forest planning
Understanding the conditions and constraints on the land
Determine data/info needs
Compile existing data
Identifying legal constraints
Required Texts: all materials from previous courses in the Forest Resources Technology program are utilized in this course.
Required gear: hard hat, eye protection, clipboard, appropriate field clothes for labs that will take place during rainy and snowy weather, including durable field boots.
Grades will be determined by weekly homework and quizzes, weekly field labwork, midterm exam, and final exam.