This course introduces Forestry and RFW Technology students to the process of identifying, evaluating and integrating a wide range of historical, cultural, social, economic and environmental values connected to the Indigenous peoples in Canada. The course makes use of a variety of delivery techniques including lecture, discussion, student presentations, group activities, assigned reading and guest speakers. Topics include: a broad overview of Indigenous history, the legacies of assimilation policies, the Treaty process, landmark court cases connected to land and resource management, dispute resolution, current issues, policy connected to Heritage Conservation Act, Cultural Heritage Values.

ENVR 154 – Maps and Navigation - focuses on the navigation skills required of technologists working outdoors – to locate oneself, stay ‘found’, and return safely from the field. The course includes hands-on use of navigation tools in field settings including map, air photo, compass, altimeter, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) techniques. Pre-trip planning in a navigation context will also be covered including developing access plans and route plans, and estimating travel times.

This Moodle website is a supplement to the face to face course.

This course will provide hands-on, practical training in Geomatics as relevant to the fields of environment, forestry, fish, wildlife and recreation.

This course is an introduction to the basics of Botany and Ecosystem Classification. Botany lectures will focus on plant classification, botanical terms, plant morphology, and plant physiology. Topics include: plant cells, tissues, and organ structure and function, photosynthesis and respiration transpiration and translocation. During botany labs, students will learn to identify about 100 native plants commonly found in the West Kootenay Region of BC.

Ecology lectures will focus on ecosystem classification using the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification System (BEC) of BC. Other key topics include the study of climatic factors and climate change, disturbance and succession, and landscape and stand structure. Ecology labs focus on classifying ecosystems (including soils, site and vegetation) to site series using BEC. Labs are mainly field based.

Students enrolled in this course can use this site to access various resources, which will support and enhance their knowledge of the materials covered in class.

Welcome to Terrestrial Ecology and Biology!

This course builds upon the concepts from ENV162 with further studies of local forest ecosystems. Students will Identify key forest structural components and study the role environmental gradients and competition play in defining a species’ niche. Participants will also examine the role of primary and secondary growth, nutrient uptake, reproduction, fire and other disturbances, and survival mechanisms for plants.

This course will cover the identification of common rocks and minerals, landforms and soils of British Columbia. Learners will be introduced to the study of physical geology and geomorphology in relation to management of the forest environment and landscape. Learners will gain skills and knowledge in rock and mineral identification, description of the physical and chemical qualities of soils, and identification and classification of landforms and terrain. Skills will also be developed with respect to interpretation of geology, landforms and soils for environmental management.

This site is intended to assist you with course work in ENVR 164.  It complements the face to face classroom.

Resource Management in British Columbia has become more complex and so the need for clear presentation and communication of ideas, plans, and strategies is more important than ever before.  The content of ENVR 290 will address software used for the collection, assembly, display and presentation of environmental content specifically related to Forestry.  Performing field data collection for advanced analysis and preparing high quality cartographic maps using ArcGIS software will be our focus. 


This site complements face to face classroom instruction. TWC 151 is an introduction to general principles in written scientific communication, research strategies, and oral presentations. Lectures focus upon research strategies, the formal report, technical style, and graphic illustration. Students practice delivery techniques for oral presentations and learn research skills for research report preparation. Collaborative activities and teamwork skills are practiced and encouraged.