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Last approved: Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:17:15 GMT

Last edit: Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:17:09 GMT

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FOR (Forestry)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Hardwood Management
College of Natural Resources
Forestry (15FOR)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
FOR 491-002/FOR 595-002Fall 20163
FOR 491-002/FOR 595-002Fall 20159
FOR 491-002/FOR 595-002Fall 20147
FOR 491-002/FOR 595-002Fall 20137
FOR 491-002/FOR 595-002Fall 20127
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
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Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture5-105-10NoCombination of undergraduate and graduate students should not exceed 15
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: FOR 204 or Junior Standing
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
15FORMTBSForest ManagementElective
15NATREECONatural ResourcesElective
Examines characteristics of and requirements for successfully manipulating stands of deciduous trees to meet specific economic, habitat and social objectives. Analyzes biological and site physical factors that affect growth and yield potential, opportunities for operational activities and expected results. Compares differences among deciduous species that affect responses to silvicultural stand manipulation.

Pine silviculture dominates commercial forest management in the Southeastern United States. But deciduous forests occupy significant areas of the landscape. Historically manipulation of deciduous woodlands has been less commercially valued and, as a result, degradation of deciduous woodlands through selective removal of the best genetic specimens has been a dominant trend.  Alternatively, commercially viable clear cut harvests have frequently resulted in tree species conversion during stand regeneration. Compared to now routine understanding of pine plantation silviculture, deciduous woodland silviculture is appreciable more complicated and requires attentive management. 


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  • Introduce hardwood resource: types, species, diversity, site requirements, ecology, distribution, ownership and values

  • Describe the physical landscape, site factors, climate  and Provinces where hardwoods grow

  • Discuss the history of development of hardwood forests including the impact of natural and anthropogenic factors

  • Discuss the silviculture of hardwood species and types in natural stands

  • Discuss the silviculture of hardwood plantations and natural stands

  • Discuss stand dynamics, growth and yield and, tree and wood quality

  • Discuss the impact of exotics including  insect and disease problems

  • Discuss non-timber values of hardwood forests

  • Discuss international issues and the future of the global hardwood resource

  • Discuss other topics related to hardwoods as appropriate or as requested…

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and evaluate site conditions necessary for viable hardwood forest development.

  • Distinguish and compare differences between patterns of individual species growth and of stand growth in terms of the interactions with natural factors.

  • Analyze and articulate opportunities for manipulation of hardwood growth and for utilization.

  • Explain regional and global opportunities and constraints affecting the status of the hardwood resource. 

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Oral Presentation25Each student will make at least one presentation in class, and will lead the class in discussion of a topic. The topic will be either selected by the student or assigned by the instructor and will relate to hardwoods. Topics will be assigned during the first two weeks of the course.
A one-page summary of the topic will be distributed to the class by the presenter on the day of the presentation.
Presentations will be evaluated according to the following rubric:

Presentation content
Fits theme
Is logically organized
Provides useful information on specific silvicultural issue of concern
Reliable (e.g., valid citations, etc.)
Handout provided to class adequately covers main points
Presentation quality
Presenter avoids reading
Pace and transitions are appropriate
Speaker voice volume and behavior are appropriate
Image technology
Color and font ensure good visibility
Images support content
Number of points per slide is appropriate
Major Paper25Each student will be required to prepare a term paper for this class. The topic can be of the student’s choice but related to hardwood ecology, silviculture, management or current relevant topics. Topics must be selected and approved prior to November 1.

Undergraduate students: Term paper length should be 8-10 pages, double spaced. All papers must be critically edited for content and grammar before submission. References must be appropriately cited. Papers are due at the last class period.

Graduate students: Term paper must be a minimum length of 15 double-spaced pages, with a minimum of 12-15 citations of peer-reviewed materials. Topics must be discussed with the instructor. the graduate term paper must meet masters’ quality standards, i.e., writing style appropriate for a journal, goals and objectives clearly stated, evidence clearly presented and analyzed, and judgment-based conclusions drawn.
Participation25Students are expected to attend all class session including field trips. Contributions to discussions and responses to presentations will be monitored. Class members will be evaluated for attendance, preparation, and participation by weekly exercise. See syllabus for grading rubric.
Final Exam25Each student will prepare and submit the take home final, addressing questions relevant to the topics, discussions and field trips included in the semester schedule.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Hardwood Ecology2 weeksDiscussion
Oral presentations
Field trips
Guest speakers
Intermediate treatments3 weeksDiscussion
Oral presentations
Field trips
Guest speakers
Harvesting and Regeneration2 weeksDiscussion
Oral presentations
Field trips
Guest speakers
Plantation Silviculture3 weeksDiscussion
Oral presentations
Field trips
Guest speakers
Markets and Management Economics1 weekDiscussion
Oral presentations
Field trips
Guest speakers
International Issues and Threats1 weekDiscussion
Oral presentations
Field trips
Guest speakers
Growth, Yield, Modeling1 weekDiscussion
Oral presentations
Field trips
Guest speakers
Restoration and Mitigation1 weekDiscussion
Oral presentations
Field trips
Guest speakers
Introductions and Wrap-up1 weekDiscussion of expections (first class meeting)
Review and wrap-up (last class meeting)
Final Exam1 weekFinal Exam
mlnosbis 3/21/2017: No overlapping courses. Syllabus is good. Suggest more descriptive short title.

pjharrie 3/24/2017: The only thing I would add is that the prereq portion could be stated a bit more clearly to avoid confusion

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
- Abbreviated title could be clearer. Response from instructor: "I like it the way it is. We use HRDWD for hardwoods all the time as well as MGT"
- A couple of typos and inconsistencies in the syllabus, but nothing significant or that prevents approval.
forestry (Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:11:55 GMT): Rollback: Gary, For 503 students we need some verbiage in grading/ description/syllabus on what is different for graduate students (i.e. what makes 503 a higher level course than 403. Maybe it is in there already, but I couldn't find it. Joe
stwarren (Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:52:09 GMT): Two changes in the printed syllabus that do not appear in the currently uploaded syllabus: Addition of 508 wherever 408 appears 1. Revision of term paper grade component to reflect added rigor required of graduate students 2. Also Addition of one week of introductions and wrap-up Also it would be useful to add the 508 numbering to the CIM database. Currently this course only appears at the undergraduate level in CIM.
stwarren (Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:48:43 GMT): Revised syllabus uploaded.
aeherget (Wed, 02 Nov 2016 20:52:29 GMT): Rollback: AECHH: Tabled at Nov. 2 2016 UCCC Meeting.
aeherget (Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:15:25 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email addressing pending items 2/28/2017.
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