Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources

Course Description:

Forests and other natural resources play an important role in our world, from providing lumber and paper products to providing habitat for birds and animals. In the Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources course, you’ll learn more about forest ecology, management, and conservation. You’ll explore topics such as environmental policy, land use, water resources, and wildlife management. Finally, you’ll learn more about forestry related careers and important issues facing forestry professionals today.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Forestry
Course Provider : Genesee ISD
Content Provided By : eDynamic Learning
Online Instructor Provided By : Genesee School District
Standards Addressed : None
Academic Terms : Open Entry / Open Exit, Semester
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Course Identifier : Forestry
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website : https://www.gennet.us
Email : [email protected]
Phone : 810-591-4401

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $0.0

Additional Cost Description: None

Unit 1: What Is Forestry?

  • Describe the historical and economic significance of forestry.
  • Illustrate tree anatomy and growth.
  • Discuss photosynthesis and respiration.
  • Analyze and interpret soil survey data.

Unit 2: All About Ecosystems

  • Describe silviculture.
  • Define watershed management.
  • Compare forests and woodlands.
  • Identify wildlife population management practices.
  • Apply multiuse principles to forests and other lands.

Unit 3: Measuring & Monitoring the Forest

  • Measure trees and forest volume.
  • Estimate timber growth and yield.
  • Evaluate by cruising timber stands.
  • Calculate quality and volume by scaling logs.
  • Monitor water resources.

Unit 4: Forest Management Basics

  • Discuss the role of fire in forest management.
  • Prescribe controlled burning for forest management.
  • Demonstrate the control of destructive agents, such as insects and disease.
  • Apply the principles of nursery management.

Unit 5: Working with Wood

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain principles of forestry economics.
  • Identify research and development issues in forestry and wood technology.
  • Define technological advances in the timber industry.
  • Compare timber manufacturing processes and products.

Unit 6: Getting the Lay of the Land

  • Describe different types of maps.
  • Interpret map scale and actual distance.
  • Use a geographic information system (GIS) to interface geospatial data.
  • Identify direction from a map.

Unit 7: Ethics, Ecology, & Safety

  • Identify and evaluate ethical guidelines.
  • Apply environmental principles to the agricultural industry.
  • Locate applicable local, state, and federal rules and regulations and assistance programs.
  • Recognize applicable local, state, and federal rules and regulations and assistance programs.

Unit 8: Professional Skills in Forestry

  • Apply basic financial management skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of personal and occupational safety practices in the workplace.
  • Identify career development and entrepreneurship opportunities in forestry and woodland ecosystems.
  • Identify employers’ expectations, including appropriate work habits, ethical conduct, legal responsibilities, and good citizenship skills.


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Review Conducted By: eDynamic Learning
Date of Review: 07/21/2018

1. What Is Forestry?
2. All About Ecosystems
3. Measuring & Monitoring the Forest
4. Forest Management Basics
5. Working with Wood
6. Getting the Lay of the Land
7. Ethics, Ecology, & Safety
8. Professional Skills in Forestry

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 100 $266 $0
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
In certain circumstances extensions can be granted at no cost. Semester
Flexible; online facilitator, blended, or traditional classroom
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