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Syllabus

BIOL 460   FORESTRY FIELD PRACTICES

Frostburg State University

SUMMER 2014

1st: 4 week session

3 credits

Dr. Brosi

 

Contact Information205 Compton Hall, 301-687-4213, slbrosi@frostburg.edu  If I am unavailable please contact:  Ms. Bebe Elrick, 301-687-4166

 

Course Hours

Lecture:  Online, Assignments typically due on Tuesday & Thursday by 11:30am

Lab: Monday & Wednesday: 8:00 am-11:35 am, Compton Science Center 316

Because of outside field experiences labs sometime begin before 8 am and may extend until 12:20pm or even 3:30 pm. We also meet on other days as needed. Note if you are tardy you will be absent.  Please notify the instructor if you have another class this summer.  On long field days you are required to bring water & lunch with you.

 

Field Experiences, Tentative Schedule 

  • Wed & Thurs: May 28th and 29th: Kevin Snyder Chainsaw Training Certification, 7:30am until 3:30 pm, Mount Pleasant Playground & Glendening Park or Evergreen Heritage Center
  • Wed: June 4th: Jonathan Kays, GIS Certification, 9 am-12:20 pm, FSU
  • Sat: June 7th: Sawmill Demonstration, Evergreen Heritage Center, 1-4pm, meet at FSU police station at 12:30pm.
  • Mon: June 9th: Ric Lillard, Firefighting Certification Field Day, 7:30 am until 3:30 pm, Green Ridge State Forest
  • Wed.?: June 11th: Kerry Wixted, Project Learning Tree Instructor Certification, 7 am-12:20 pm, FSU

 

Lab Contact minutes: 215min./class across 7 courses meeting times = 1,505 minutes

Learning Tree: 320 min., GIS:  200 min, Firefighting: 300, Chainsaw Training: 680=1,500 min.

 

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday 11:35 am-12:35 pm and additional times available by appointment ONLY.

 Core Textbooks

McComb, B.C. 2008. Wildlife Habitat Management: Concepts and Applications in Forestry, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 319 p. ISBN: 978-0-8493-7489-0

 

 

 

Required Course Materials

On Field Experiences days you need to wear & bring:

  • hiking, logging, or hunting boots, over-the-ankle, prefer all leather (no flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, water shoes, etc.)
  • jeans, cargo or other long pants  (no shorts or skirts, no loose clothing)
  • work gloves
  • your attendance sheet to be signed
  • a water bottle
  • snacks and lunch
  • Hats, sunscreen, raingear and insect repellant are recommended. 

 

FSU will provide the following:

  • hard-hat
  • eye protection (certified safety glasses: NOT sunglasses)
  • hearing protection
  • additional safety equipment as needed

 

Course Description A field-oriented overview of basic forestry.  Includes field dendrology, silvics, elements of surveying and mapping, orienteering, log scaling, silviculture, timber cruising and wildlife techniques.  Numerous field trips to regional forests.     

 

Prerequisite: BIOL 305, BIOL 425: You must check with the instructor if you do not satisfy the prerequisite otherwise, you will be dropped from the course. 

 

Course Objectives

During this course we will begin to explore together field practices used in forestry. As a student you will be able to:

  • explain basic surveying and mapping techniques
  • use GIS for orienteering
  • apply various aspects of forest management elements to create management plans for wildlife populations

 

As a student you will also become certified:

  • as a Level 1 and Level 2 Sawyer
  • as an instructor for Project Learning Tree
  • with a EPA: Watershed Management Training Certificate
  • with a GIS Training Certificate
  • with a National Wildfire Coordinating Group Certificate

 

Grading Policy

Letter grades will be based on a standard 10-point scale.  This is an upper-level course and grades will reflect the high-level of effort for the course.

A = 90-100%; B = 80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F= below 60%.

Neither the CS nor the NC are options for this course.

  • 20% Reading Quizzes: 200 Points, 20 Quizzes: 7 quizzes, 20-40 pts. each
  • 60% Field Experiences
    • Laboratory Participation, Attendance Sheet, and Presentation of Portfolio
      • 20% Chainsaw Safety Training (based on tree felling & bore cut score & quizzes sheets) 
      •   5% Project Learning Tree Certificates
      •   5% EPA: Watershed Management Training Certificate (quiz scores for 15 modules)
      •  10% GPS Training (based on attendance, compass and pacing activity, & quizzes)
      • 20% National Wildfire Training (S-130, 1-100, S-190, S-290 and field day)
  • 20% Final Projects
  • 5% Resume
  • 5% Final E-Portfolio & printed portfolio
  • 10% Final Exam

 

Portfolio

Much of the field experiences in this course will go into your e-portfolio & your printed portfolio.  The printed portfolio is a 1.5” 3-ring binder with sheet protectors and a cover page with your name.  The first page of the portfolio will be your attendance sheet with signatures for each day.  The second page is an updated resume outlining the specific skills and certifications you have received.  The portfolio must also include a numbered table of contents and well-organized documentation of participation in laboratory experiences and online training. Certificates must include ALL ONSITE Training and ONLINE Training.

 

Labs

 

Lab 1, Chainsaw Training, May 28th and 29th from 7:30am-3:30pm

 

Lab 2, Watershed Management Training Certificate, June 2nd at 11:30 am.

Complete 15 modules from the core modules list, upload one word document with a copy of your self-test after each module as a screenshot, 5 points.  You must upload your original self-tests with the percentages over 70%. http://cfpub.epa.gov/watertrain/index.cfm

 http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/wacademy/acad2000/intro/certprogram.html

After completing all certificate requirements, provide your full name and mailing address to wacademy@epa.gov. You will be mailed a signed certificate. This certificate must be included in your final portfolios.

Lab 3, GIS Training, June 4th at FSU, 9 am-12:20 pm

 

Lab 4, Sawmill Training, June 7th at Evergreen Heritage Center, from 12:45-4 pm

 

Lab 5, Wildland Firefighting, Field Day on June 9th from 7:30am-3:30pm

S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (2006)

 

Lab 6, June 11th, Project Learning Tree Instructor Certificates, Compton 316, 7am-12:20 pm

 

Exams

A cumulative final exam will be given in this course and will cover all material from reading assignments, laboratories, and lectures.  The exam will account for 10% of the final grade. 

 

Question: Have you ever used a chainsaw before? If so what kind and have you ever felled a tree before?

 

Attendance and Participation

Attendance and active involvement in lectures and labs is expected.  Be sure to read all assignments and be prepared to summarize the material.    One unexcused absences in lab will lower your final average by one letter grade, two absences by two letter grades, three absences by three letter grades, etc.  An absence includes leaving lab early, arriving late, or not being prepared for the class.  Not having appropriate footwear, clothing, and gloves will count as an absence. Tardiness will not be permitted and will result in being left during fieldtrips. 

 

Inclement Weather

Be prepared to attend labs outside in rain.  Be prepared to encounter mud, poison ivy, ticks, bees and other elements of nature.  You must notify the instructor during the first week of class if you are allergic to bees or have never been stung by a bee.  We will spend the entire day without access to bathrooms. You must be prepared to be in remote conditions and follow leave no trace principles.  You must bring water with you to all course periods.

 

 

 

Class Policies

There will be no cell phones in lab.  There will be no use of laptops.  You may not use tobacco products in labs, even outside labs.  You may not travel in your personal vehicle to lab locations or meet the class at the location. 

 

Academic honesty and misbehavior

The statement on academic dishonesty in the Pathfinder is in effect.  Cheating in any capacity in this course will not be tolerated.  If cheating or plagiarism is encountered, the instructor may administer a grade of zero or an F in the class depending on the severity of the incident. Students are expected to abide by the University’s Code of Student Conduct and disruptive behavior in the classroom may result in an administrative withdraw.

 

Confidentiality Statement

Faculty and staff in the state of Maryland at USM institutions (including Frostburg State University) are obligated to follow the State’s reporting requirements for suspected child abuse or neglect. Mandated reporters are persons who, in the course of their work, may be privy to information that they are required to report to the appropriate enforcement agency. Faculty and staff are mandated reporters, and must report any disclosure of suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect, including child sexual abuse, whether or not the suspected incident was previously reported. Incidences must be reported even if they learn about the maltreatment for the first time from an adult victim who was under the age of 18 when the incident occurred. Therefore, any disclosure (written or verbal) by students or prospective students of suspected incidents of child abuse and/or neglect will be immediately reported to the appropriate authorities.

 

Accommodations for students with disabilities

Frostburg State University is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for students with documented disabilities.  Students who require disability serves or reasonable accommodations must identify themselves as having a disability and provide current diagnostic documentation to Disability Support Services.  All information is confidential.  Please call 4483 or visit 150 Pullen Hall for more information.  If you are unable to participate in hiking during labs you must inform the instructor during the first day of class.

 

This course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary.  


FORESTRY FIELD PRACTICES

 

Class Schedule (Lecture and Laboratory)

 

Lab

Day

Date

Description

Location

1

Wednesday

May 28th

Chainsaw Training Level 1 (class until 3:30 pm): Kevin Snyder REQUIRED-boots, gloves, long pants eye protection, & hard hat

7:30 am: Meet at Univ. Police Station with a lunch

Thursday

May 29th

Chainsaw Training Level 1 (class until 3:30 pm): Kevin Snyder REQUIRED-boots, gloves, long pants eye protection, & hard hat

7:30 am: Meet at Univ. Police Station with a lunch

2

Monday

June 2nd

Online: Lab 2 EPA Watershed due

 

3

Wednesday

June 4th

GPS Training: Jonathan Kays

Meet in 316 @ 9am

4

Saturday

June 5th

Sawmill Training, Evergreen Heritage Center

TBD

5

Monday

June 9th

S-130, 1-100, S-190 Field Day: Ric Lillard (class until 3:30 pm): REQUIRED-boots, gloves, long pants, eye protection, & hard hat

7:30 am: Meet at Univ. Police Station  with a lunch

6

Wednesday

June 11th

Project Wild: Kerry Wixted (class until 12:30 pm):

Meet in 316 @ 7am

 

Monday

June 16th

Online: Resume & Portfolio due

 

 

Wednesday

June 18th

Last Day of Class, Online, Final Exam due

 

 

Note some days lab begins as early as 7 or 7:30 am and lasts until 12:30 or 3:30 pm.  Other days lab will be online instruction.  Please notify the instructor if you have conflicts with other courses that interfere with this established schedule.

 

Field Experiences Requirements, In-Person:                                   Due Date                    Signature

 

Lab 1, Chainsaw Level 1                                                         May 28th                                 

Chainsaw Level 2:                                                                   May 29th                                 

 

Lab 3, GPS Training                                                                 June 4th

 

Lab 4, Sawmill Training                                                          June 7th                                   

 

Lab 5, Wildfire Field Day                                                        June 9th

 

 
 

 

Lab 6, Project Learning Tree                                                  June 11th         

 


FORESTRY FIELD PRACTICES

READING Schedule

 

Online Reading Quizzes Due Date, all materials due by 8:00 am or 11:30 am

Day

Date

Description

Pages

Points

Time

Thursday

May 29th

Chpt. 1 & 2

1-27

2

11:30 am

Tuesday

June 3rd

Chpt. 3, 4, & 5

29-77

3

Thursday

June 5th

Chpt. 6, 7, & 8

79-125

3

Tuesday

June 10th

Chpt. 9 & 10

127-159

2

Tuesday

June 10th

Chpt. 11, 12, & 13

163-204

3

Thursday

June 12th

Chpt. 14, 15, & 16

205-244

3

8:00 am

Tuesday

June 17th

Chpt. 17, 18, 19, & 20

247-293

4

11:30 am

TOTAL

20

 

 

FORESTRY FIELD PRACTICES

Preparing for Field Experiences Schedule

 

Online Requirements Due Date, all materials due by 7:30 am or 11:30 am

Day

Date

Description

Pages

Pts.

Wednesday

May 28th

Chainsaw Quizzes, due @ 7:30am

 

5

Must know all material for chainsaw class on May 28th & 29th or no credit will be given, 20 pts. can be earned from the tree felling and stump evaluation for field days

Monday

June 2nd

EPA Watershed Management Training Certificate  

Lab 2, Assignment 1, @ 11:30am

5

Wednesday

June 4th

GIS quiz

Lab 3, Quiz 1, @ 8am

5

5 pts. can be earned from the field day activities.

Thursday

June 5th

Wildland Firefighting, due @ 11:30am

Lab 4, Assignment 1, I-100

2.5

Lab 4, Assignment 2, S-190

2.5

Friday

June 6th

Lab 4, Assignment 3, S-130

5

Lab 4, Assignment 4, S-290

5

Saturday

June 7th

Sawmill & Wood Shop

Evergreen Heritage Center

 

Must bring a printed copy of all courses above on June 9th or no credit will be given, 5 pts. can be earned from the field day activities.

Wednesday

June 11th

Project Learning Tree

Lab 5, Quiz 1

5

Lab 5, Quiz 2

5

Must know all material for chainsaw class on May 28th & 29th or no credit will be given, 10pts. can be earned from the tree felling and stump evaluation for field days

Monday

June 16th

Portfolios & Resume

due @ 11:30am

10

Wednesday

June 18th

Final Exam

Review all reading & field notes

due @ 11:30am

10

Total Points

20

           

FORESTRY FIELD PRACTICES

Grading Sheet & Daily Timeline

 

Day

Date

Description

Where

Pts.

Wednesday

May 28th

Wildland Firefighting Field Day, Univ. Police lot @ 7:30am

Lab, 7:30am

5

Thursday

May 29th

Chainsaw Training, Univ. Police lot @ 7:30am

Lab, 7:30am

5

Monday

June 2nd

Chpt. 1 & 2 Reading Quiz, p. 1-27

Online, 11:30am

2

Monday

June 2nd

EPA Watershed Management Training Certificate, Lab 2, Assignment 1 

Online, 11:30am

5

Tuesday

June 3rd

Chpt. 3, 4, & 5, p. 29-77

Online, 11:30am

3

Wednesday

June 4th

GIS quiz, Lab 3, Quiz 1 Land Navigation

Online, 8:00am

5

In class GIS exercise, 316 @ 9am

Lab

5

Thursday

June 5th

Chpt. 6, 7, & 8, p. 79-125

Online, 11:30am

3

Lab 4, Assignment 1, I-100

2.5

Lab 4, Assignment 2, S-190

2.5

Friday

June 6th

Lab 4, Assignment 3, S-130

Online, 11:30am

5

Lab 4, Assignment 4, S-290

5

Saturday

June 7th

Evergreen Heritage Center, Police Lot

Lab, 12:30pm

5

Tuesday

June 10th

Chpt. 9 & 10, p. 127-159

Online, 11:30am

2

Chpt. 11, 12, & 13, p. 163-204

3

Wednesday

June 11th

Lab 5, Quiz 1

Online, 8:00am

5

Lab 5, Quiz 2

5

Project Learning Tree, 316 @ 7am

Lab, 7am

5

Thursday

June 12th

Chpt. 14, 15, & 16, p. 205-244

Online, 8:00am

3

Portfolios

Online, 11:30am

5

Monday

June 16th

Resume

Online, 11:30am

Online, 11:30am

5

Chpt. 17, 18, 19, & 20, p. 247-293

4

Wednesday

June 18th

Final Exam Due

Online, 11:30am

10

 

 

100