This site if for incoming first year Forestry, Integrated Environmental Planning, and Recreation Fish and Wildlife students. It provides some useful introductions to instructors, documents, and links to important College resources.

This course is an introductory study of water in our environment including its properties, the natural processes which affect it, climate and weather, and practical experience in the collection and analyses of field and laboratory data using standard techniques and equipment.

Surveying will provide the student with practical training and instruction with basic surveying instruments and techniques to solve common resource management problems. Care, use, and maintenance of surveying equipment and instruments as well as professional requirements for the recording of field data will constitute a major focus of this course. Field techniques for measuring distance, direction and elevation will be utilized to obtain planimetric and topographic data for determining such things as horizontal distance, changes in elevation, profiles, cross-sections, and area/volume calculations. The student will also be introduced to the care and use of hand-held GPS units and their role in resource management.

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.

This course builds on computer skills students have previously acquired. Applied intermediate to advanced computer applications specific to career opportunities in the environment and geomatics sector are covered including file management, word processing for report writing, spreadsheets and an introduction to databases.

Students acquire a solid understanding of project management methods and gain practical experience in proven project management techniques and discover a wealth of valuable, flexible tools that can be implemented to ensure the success of any project in any type of organization.

Managing Projects gives you the foundation, experience, techniques and tools to: Manage each stage of the project life cycle , work within organizational and cost constraints, set goals tied directly to stakeholder needs, get the most from your project management team, and utilize state‑of‑the‑art project management tools to get the work done on time and within budget.