Land and Natural Resource Management in British Columbia is quite complex partly due to the need to understand and account for many different and often competing interests. The locations of interests, and their relationship with and among each other, adds greater complexity and requires the use of software modeling systems like GIS. The content of ENVR 290 will address software used for data gathering, assembly, display, exploration and presentation of land and natural resource information. Performing advanced analysis and preparing high quality cartographic maps using ArcGIS software is one main focus, while the other main focus is on mobile data gathering using GIS applications.
- Teacher: Rena Vandenbos
This course enables second year RFW students to participate in field-based studies away from the Castlegar Campus. Two extended field trips provide students with opportunities to refine field technical skills within different settings. Students will be actively involved in the planning and preparation for these trips and will be presented with opportunities to develop team skills, leadership and professionalism throughout the course.
In this course, students integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in other program courses to identify, analyze, and manage areas of public and occupational risk within Park and Crown lands. Human, terrestrial, aquatic, and environmental hazards and risk are explored including an examination of leadership and decision-making skills, natural hazard analysis, land-use planning, risk management and mitigation, advanced navigation techniques, backcountry rescue, meteorology, and field weather forecasting. This site is intended to be an on-line resource to students enrolled in RFW 256.
- Teacher: Keyes Lessard
This course expands on environmental assessment skills, and knowledge of ecological principles learned in first year classes. Students develop skills in the recognition of prominent forest insects, fungi, abiotic agents and invasive non-native species. The course emphasizes the application of ecological knowledge in resource management activities and strategies. Applied topics include: ecological restoration, fire ecology, wildlife/danger tree assessment, riparian and wetland area management, ecological assessment, management of invasive non-native weed species, biodiversity management, and landscape ecology.
- Teacher: Doris Hausleitner
This course is designed to prepare the student for employment in the field of outdoor recreation, particularly parks. The variety of organizations offering outdoor recreation opportunities in B.C. and their roles in the province are examined. Practical field skills such as trail and campground design, construction, and maintenance as well as analytical skills such as monitoring and managing impacts, assessing public safety, developing site plans and incorporating multiple natural resource and social values in protected area management will be studied and practiced. Examples of real contemporary recreational management issues are used to make the course content current and relevant.
- Teacher: Tim Thurston
This site compliments the face to face class. Students will be exposed to the elements of commercial recreation operations from the proposal stage to the delivery stage including the nature and demand for outdoor commercial recreation activities. Particular attention is paid to the current policies and regulations governing commercial recreation in the province. Additional skills and knowledge related to contract management, developing and evaluating project proposals will be developed.
- Teacher: Peter Holton
The ability to do applied research is required for all environmental technologists. In this course, students will complete an applied research project involving data collection, analysis, and research. Each student will be guided by one of four possible research supervisors.
- Teacher: Brenda Beckwith
This course prepares the student for immediate employment as a wildlife technician and park interpreter in British Columbia through instruction in wildlife management theory and the application of techniques used in wildlife management.
- Teacher: Lui Marinelli
This site compliments the face to face classes. This course is a direct extension of RFW 272, continuing the development of an understanding of the ecological principles on which wildlife management is based.
- Teacher: Lui Marinelli
This course covers the ecology and management of freshwater fish and aquatic ecosystems in BC, including standard field and laboratory sampling and assessment techniques. The emphasis is on evaluating, assessing and managing freshwater ecosystems in BC. Material is continued in RFW281.
This site is a complement to the face-to-face class.