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FOR 278 Field School is the first 2nd year course in the Forest Technology Program.

This course is made up of ten days of practical field work at the end of the Winter semester. Major projects are the S-100 / S-185 Basic Fire Suppression Certificate, Fuel Management Prescription writing and Implementation, Fire Smart training and residential evaluation, tree planting and quality control.  

This course is scheduled for specific sections in the first two weeks of April, and April 23rd through 30th inclusive

This course is a continuation of Silviculture 1. Silviculture theory and the application of silvicultural practices will be emphasized, namely planting, silviculture systems, stand management, crop planning (spacing, commercial thinning, pruning, fertilization), and the development of a defensible site plan.

Forest Policy in British Columbia is implemented through the Canadian Constitution, and the Provincial Government (through Acts, legislation, regulation, guidebooks, manuals, and contracts). Policy also exists in companies and corporations. We will look at the history,the evolution and the current state of forest policy in B.C.

An in depth study of timber harvest systems and supporting technologies including: harvest planning, mapping and GIS analysis, environmental impacts, field engineering considerations and system costing. The course is designed to reinforce foundational skills such as field note taking, measurements and safety. Theoretical emphasis will be given to the phases of timber harvest and the potential role of ground cable and aerial based harvest stems as well as log transport systems.

This course is an introduction to the basic principles and methods of research with an emphasis on forest resources. The objective of this course assist each student in completing a complete an applied research project that has both a field-based data collection component, and a literature-based research  component. Although each student may choose a topic of personal interest within the field forest resource management, the project must be approved by the advising instructor and be relevant within the forest resource industry. Students will receive instruction on how to conduct field research and produce a technical report. Students will select a research topic and faculty advisor, write a research proposal, produce a technical report and give a presentation on their project at the annual SEG conference at the end of the winter semester. The technical report research paper must conform to either the prescribed format provided, or a format agreed upon with the supervising instructor. This course spans the fall and winter semesters. Students will receive a "course in progress" CIP) grade in the fall until the research is completed in the winter semester.

This site contains copies of handouts related to the Forestry Applied Research Activity.