Forest Technology  

FORT 260 - Forest Mapping
Credits: 2.00
Skill and efficiency is developed in analyzing field survey data, plotting, lettering and finishing topographic and planametric maps and road plans, both manually and by Computer Assisted Drafting. Mapping work is closely coordinated with field work accomplished in Forest Surveying (FORT 266.) 1 lec/1 3-hr lab.

FORT 261 - Dendrology
Credits: 3.00
Identification and nomenclature of forest trees and shrubs which are important to the ecology and economy of the Northeastern forest. The identification of plant relationships with other plants, animals, soil, and site regimes. 1 lec/1 2-hr lab.

FORT 263 - Forest Ecology
Credits: 2.00
The interactions of forest trees with their environment, both as individuals and as tree communities; environmental problems affecting plant communities; the history and classification of North American forests. Study of soils as they affect forest distribution and tree growth. 2 lec.

FORT 263A - Forest Ecology Lab
Credits: 1.00
A series of field-based exercises used to reinforce the principles of forest ecology introduced in FORT 263. Includes forest individuals and communities, classification of forest and soils as they affect tree growth. 2 hour lab. Pre- or Coreq: FORT 263.

FORT 265 - Forest Orientation Seminar
Credits: 1.00
Seminar to prepare freshmen for study and placement in the broad area of forest technology. 1 lec. Cr/F.

FORT 266 - Forest Surveying
Credits: 4.00
Provides instruction and experience in running cruise lines and in the survey and identification of rural property lines. The focus is on field surveying techniques and problem solving of special importance to foresters. Use of magnetic survey data in rural property measurement. Elementary office computations are taught. 2 lec/1 4-hr lab.

FORT 267 - Leadership, Supervision and Safety
Credits: 2.00
Fundamentals of leadership and supervision including effective communication in the workplace and public sector are explored. Project management, personnel training and motivation, plus problem-solving and conflict resolution applied through a practical community service forestry project. Accident prevention, first aid, and CPR instruction also included. 2 lec.

FORT 269 - Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Credits: 3.00
Foresters directly influence wildlife by manipulating habitat through silvicultural operations. Course focuses on the ecology of New England wildlife species with emphasis on their habitat requirements and the enhancement of habitat through silviculture and the use of best management practices. 1 lec/1 4-hr lab.

FORT 270 - Applied Silviculture
Credits: 4.00
Silvicultural practices in the U.S. including reforestation systems. Improvement of forest stands, employing the basic tending practices of weeding, thinning, and pruning. Marking of stands prior to logging operations. Prereq: permission of instructor or FORT 261 and 263. 2 lec/1 4-hr lab.

FORT 272 - Mensuration
Credits: 4.00
Field application of forest inventory and timber cruising techniques. Measurement of tree form, volume, quality, and defect. Growth prediction of individual trees and stands. Use of basic statistical methods as a tool in cruising. Prereq: FORT 261 or instructor permission. 2 lec/1 4-hr lab.

FORT 273 - Management Operations and Analysis
Credits: 3.00
Forest appraisal and valuation methods, timber sale contracts, depreciation and depletion calculations, forest taxation. Essentials of forest regulation and management planning. 2 lec/1 2-hr lab.

FORT 274 - Industrial Forest Management Tour
Credits: 1.00
Concentrated field experience and intensive observations of industrial, private, and federal forest holdings; emphasizing forest management operations as currently practiced in New England. One week of concentrated field study. Cr/F. Forest Technology majors only.

FORT 275 - Forestry Field Practices
Credits: 1.00
A week long introduction to the various components of the forest industry of the northeast. Students visit with members of the forest industry in the work-place and learn how they are interrelated. Students gain background experience that will prove beneficial in understanding their studies during their second year in the Forest Technology curriculum. One week of concentrated field study. Forest Technology majors only.

FORT 278 - Forest Insects and Diseases
Credits: 2.00
An introduction to the role of forest insects and microorganisms in the context of managing woodlands. Students learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of insect and disease damage in forest trees and products. They study the life cycles and identify common forest insect and disease pests impacting North American tree species. Pest management methods are introduced. 1 lec/3-hr lab.

FORT 280 - Aerial Photography Interpretation
Credits: 2.00
The use of aerial photographic interpretation as it applies to the identification and measurement of forest resources and applications in forest mapping. 1 lec/1 2-hr lab.

FORT 281 - GIS For Foresters
Credits: 2.00
Students learn the use of geographic information systems software for a variety of natural resource uses. GIS mapping skills are used in subsequent courses. 1lec/2-hr lab

FORT 290 - New Hampshire's Sustainable Forest Resource
Credits: 4.00
An overview of forestry in New Hampshire and the northeast. History shows how our forests have been used in the past and how they developed into what we see today. Discover the science of Forest Ecology and Silviculture and how foresters use these to manage our forests sustainably for a variety of forest products. Learn how these products are harvested, processed and used. Understand how pathogens and pests can threaten our forests. On-line course; summer only.

FORT 291 - Independent Studies in Forest Technology/Urban Tree Care
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Students who have the ability and adequate preparation to work independently may propose a contract to design a course or research project on a topic not available through existing course offerings. The purpose of this research is to explore new areas in the student's field of study or to pursue course material in greater depth. Work is supervised by an appropriate faculty/staff member and credit varies depending on the proposed project/research. Examples include forest management, forest products, forest protection, wildlife management, or urban tree care. Permission required. Course may be repeated up to a maximum of 8 credits.

FORT 292 - Independent Studies in Forest Technology/Urban Tree Care
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Students who have the ability and adequate preparation to work independently may propose a contract to design a course or research project on a topic not available through existing course offerings. The purpose of this research is to explore new areas in the student's field of study or to pursue course material in greater depth. Work is supervised by an appropriate faculty/staff member and credit varies depending on the proposed project/research. Examples include forest management, forest products, forest protection, wildlife management, or urban tree care. Permission required. Course may be repeated up to a maximum of 8 credits.

FORT 297 - Work Experience
Credits:
Career-related employment (10 weeks, generally in the summer following freshman year) in a forestry, urban tree care, or other department-approved natural resources area. Cr/F.

FORT 464 - Arboriculture
Credits: 3.00
Tree selection, care, and maintenance in the urban environment. Includes climbing, safety practices, pruning, transplanting, and removals. Prereq: FORT 263 or permission. 1 lec/1 4-hr lab.

FORT 476 - Forest Products
Credits: 4.00
Basics of structure and properties of wood as a raw material. Conversion of logs to lumber at Thompson School sawmill (student operated). Lumber and log grading and measuring. Studies in processing efficiency, lumber drying, and physical plant operations. Introduction to paper, veneer, and chip products. Marketing of forest products. 2 lec/1 4-hr lab.

FORT 477 - Forest Harvesting Systems
Credits: 4.00
A study in harvesting methods and their relation of forest management and silviculture of the state and region. Theory and practice of conventional harvesting systems including hands-on application of techniques with a strong emphasis on protection of the environment and the safety and health of workers. Department permission for non-majors. 2 lec/4-hr lab.

FORT 579 - Forest Fire Control and Use
Credits: 2.00
Instruction in forest fire suppression methods. Interactions of forest fuels, topography, and weather as they affect forest fire behavior. Use of controlled fire as a tool in forest and wildlife management. 1 lec/1 2-hr lab.