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NATRS 385 - Forest Protection and Disease Management

Credits: 5
Teaches students about the various biotic and abiotic disturbance agents that affect forest ecosystems. Students identify important forest insects and diseases of North America, especially the Pacific Northwest, as well as their effects on forest ecology. Students learn predisposing factors that increase susceptibility as well as propose effective management strategies to reduce impacts.

Enrollment Requirement: ENGL 128  with a grade of 2.0 or higher; and instructor consent.

Course Fee: $50.00

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Correctly identify common insects and diseases that impact forest health and values in North America with focus on the Pacific Northwest.
  2. Assess a forest for current and potential health issues from biotic and abiotic agents.
  3. Prepare a management plan to deal with forest health issues.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the importance and impact of various disturbance agents on forest ecosystems.

Program Outcomes

  1. Attain a job in the Natural Resources field.
  2. Manage Forestland and Resources to attain positive outcomes.
  3. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communications between industry partners and cooperators.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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