Principles and Applications of Ecological Forestry
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Faculty: Kirk Hanson, Director of Forestry at Northwest Natural Resource Group
This class provides an introduction to the practice of ecosystem-based forest management. Through the process of writing a comprehensive forest management plan for the forest of their choosing, students will explore the interconnectedness of soils, hydrology, climate, vegetation, wildlife habitat, human culture and economics and how these factors shape the practice of modern forestry. Course materials will focus on the applied science of sustainable forestry, and how active forest management can improve the ecosystem services and economic contributions of forests across the Pacific Northwest. Field trips will showcase forest management practices that balance both ecological and economic goals. The overall course objective is to increase student literacy and effectiveness in addressing natural resources management issues.
Kirk Hanson is a small woodland owner with ~100 acres of family-owned forestland in western Washington. He’s worked on behalf of small woodland owners for more than 20 years, bringing a passion for ecologically-based forestry and simplified hands-on management practices that allows forest owners to take a direct role in the stewardship of their own land. As a member of a three-generation family forest, Kirk understands the issues and opportunities facing small woodland owners and relishes developing new strategies for optimizing the economic and ecological potential of their forests. Kirk has a Bachelor’s degree in sustainable resource management from Evergreen State College and worked for six years with the Washington DNR's Small Forest Landowner Office before joining NNRG in 2006.
Wednesdays 6-10 pm
Credits per quarter
- Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Size: 15
Scheduled for: Evening
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 6:00 pm
Located in: Olympia