ES 522: Natural Resource Inventory-Vegetation

2008-01-07 -

Maximum increased.

Synonym:

52161 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Peter Palmiotto

Credits:

3

Seats:

16

Semester:

Spring 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 1/17 - 3/6 (8:00AM-10:59AM)
Thursdays 3/27 - 5/8 (8:00AM-10:59AM)

Description:

Competency Areas: CB – Required Alternate to NRI: Wildlife; EAO, EE, Cert, IND & RMC – Elective
Restricted to Fall 07 CB students December 4 – 14; open to FL06 and earlier CB students after December 14.

This course will use the spring semester to focus on methods used to inventory and describe natural vegetated communities (wildlife in the Summer or Fall). An NRI on a particular tract of land begins the process of data acquisition that eventually will be used in management decisions and to set conservation priorities. Students will review the basics of developing an NRI proposal, base mapping, and map & compass use, and then conduct field sampling of woody plants. We will emphasize a 145whole systems146 approach for assessing natural resources to counteract the historical emphasis on single resource approaches. We will take a preliminary look at those elements that comprise a well-rounded inventory and approach it from an ecological perspective. Lecture and field time will be combined to provide an in depth review of both plot and plotless (point) methods of analysis. Assessments will be derived from quantitative data in order to provide realistic guidance for natural resource management on private and public lands. *Functional knowledge of Excel software is required.