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Last approved: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:16:35 GMT

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FOR (Forestry)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Forest Health and Protection
College of Natural Resources
Forestry (15FOR)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Summer 1 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
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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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Robert Jetton
Research Assistant Professor

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Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture and Lab3030NoNo additional comments
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
P: PB 200 or BIO 181 or BIO 183 or FOR 260 or BIO 360 or PB 360 (or other Biology or Plant Biology course).

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
15FORMTBSForest managementRequired
15NATREECONatural Resources Ecosystem AssessmentElective
15NATREPOLNatural Resources Policy and AdministrationElective
This course will introduce students to the major insect and disease problems of North American forests, both native and introduced, with an emphasis on the recognition and management of pests and the damage they cause. Wild land fire, invasive plants, and climate change and their interactions with forest insect and diseases will also be covered.

With changes in forest health faculty positions in Entomology and Plant Pathology, the teaching of material necessary to the education of professional foresters seems jeopardized. The fact that this material was being taught in departments outside Forestry and Environmental Resources was noted by the accreditation visiting team in April 2015 as a vulnerability. Ever since total hours for the forest management degree were reduced, the curriculum has made students choose between two courses: one that address pathology or one that addresses insect threats.  While each other course could be taken as an elective, the timing of other requirements typically worked against students getting both. Meanwhile, other threats to forest health have emerged (invasive species and climate change) and are seen to interact with the traditional pathogens and insect pests. This course will provide a practical overview of factors affecting forest health and provide basis for further inquiry in more advanced courses in entomology, pathology, fire management, and forest health monitoring. 


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Requisites and Scheduling
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Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.

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The professor leading this course will be released from a portion of research and programmatic responsibilities elsewhere in the department. The instructor will call upon other faculty members whose expertise in specific areas is included in the syllabus. These faculty already are engaged in aspects of the teaching and research in the department or have been closely allied with the department.

The course aims to develop student understanding of forest health as it manifests in varied forest conditions across North America. It will address major threats in the form of disease, fire, insects, invasive plants and climate change. It will frame these threats in the context of human impacts on forest structure and health in managed and un-managed ecosystems.    

Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Explain the concept of forest health as related to natural, planted, and urban forests.

    2. Identify and develop management plans for forest insects and diseases.

    3. Explain the impacts and management of major invasive plants. 

    4. Explain the basic concept of climate change and its impacts on forest health.

    5. Explain the history of human influences on forest structure and health

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes25Four distributed throughout the semester.
Multiple exams100Two midterm exams at the one third and two thirds points of the semester.
Lab Report50Two lab reports will be assigned for laboratory projects on pathogen screening and forest insect sampling.
Oral Presentation100Students will be required to provide a presentation to the class on the key IPM concepts associated with a particular forest insect or pathogen. A two page report will also be required as part of this assignment
Project100Students will be required to prepare a forest insect and disease signs and symptoms collection during the semester.
Final Exam200A comprehensive final exam at the end of the semester.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Course IntroductionWeek 11. Course introduction & syllabus review; Forest health concepts; Discussion: what is a healthy forest?

2. Introduction to the World of Insects; big picture, biodiversity, structure/function, evolution, adaptation, life strategies, ecosystem services, basic ecology

3. Lab 1 – Review instructions for Fact Sheets & Presentations and Signs & Symptoms Collections; Arthropod morphology
Introduction to Insects and Forest EntomologyWeek 21. Introduction to forest entomology; forest insect feeding groups; insect orders of importance in forestry

2. Lab 2 – Insect taxonomy, structure, function, orders of importance in forestry
Introduction to Forest Pathology and IPMWeek 31. Introduction to forest pathology; classification, causes of disease, disease cycle, disease triangle, Koch’s postulates

2. Integrated Pest Management (IPM); strategies for the management of forest insects and diseases

3. Lab 3 – Quiz 1; Set up pathogen screening experiment
Bark BeetlesWeek 41. Bark Beetles/Phloem Feeders I: Introduction and the southern pine bark beetle guild

2. Bark Beetles/Phloem Feeders II: Ambrosia beetles and other examples

3. Lab 4 – Identification and classification of insect/pathogen damage specimens
Defoliating InsectsWeek 51. Defoliating Insects I: introduction and hardwood defoliators

2. Defoliating Insects II: conifer defoliators

3. Lab 5 – Quiz 2; Identification and classification of insect/pathogen damage specimens

Wood Boring InsectsWeek 61. Wood Boring Insects I: introduction and hardwood borers

2. Wood Boring Insects II: conifer borers

3. Lab 6 – Midterm Exam 1
Sap Feeding, Tip, Shoot, and Regeneration InsectsWeek 71. Sap Feeding and Gall Making Insects

2. Tip, Shoot, and Regeneration Insects

3. Lab 7 – Student Fact Sheet Presentations
Seed and Cone InsectsWeek 81. Student Fact Sheet Presentations

2. Seed and Cone Insects

3. Lab 8 – Collect pathogen screening experiment data (Lab 4)
Foliage Diseases and RustsWeek 9 & 101. Foliage Diseases and Rusts I

2. Foliage Diseases and Rusts II

3. Lab 9 – Quiz 3; Signs and Symptoms Campus Tour

Stem and Branch DiseasesWeek 111. Stem and Branch Diseases I

2. Stem and Branch Diseases II

3. Lab 10 – Forest insect sampling experiment (trap set up)
Mycorrhizae and Root DieseasesWeek 121. Mycorrhizae

2. Root Diseases

3. Lab 11 – Midterm Exam 2

Regeneration and Nursery Diseases; Forest DeclinesWeek 131. Regeneration & Nursery Diseases

2. Forest Declines

3. Lab 12 – Sort and identify forest insect sampling experiment specimens (Lab 10)

Insect-Disesae Complexes; Invasive PlantsWeek 141. Newly emerging insect-disease complexes

2. Introduction to Invasive Plants and Their Management 1
Invasive Plants; Climate Change and Forest HealthWeek 151. Introduction to Invasive Plants and Their Management 2

2. Climate Change and Forest Health

3. Lab 13 – Quiz 4; S&S Collections Help

Forest Health Monitoring; Forest History Effects on Forest HealthWeek 161. Forest Health Monitoring and Risk Assessment

2. Forest History and Change in North America: human influences on forest structure and health

3. Lab 14 - Field Trip to NC Forest Service

lamarcus (Fri, 18 Mar 2016 19:42:16 GMT): lamarcus: Prerequisite clarified with permission of Dr. Blank.
Key: 7491