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Welcome to FORS 4020: Silviculture
~ The Art and science of sustainably managing forests and woodlands ~

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Image: A leave tree mark in a mixed conifer project associated with the adaptive silviculture for climate change (ASCC) network. These sites are trying to understand how silviculture can resist, enhance resilience, or embrace transitions in forest structure given climate change.

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This course is taught for credit at New Mexico Highlands University within the department of forestry! Please enjoy the materials if your are not a student in the class, and consider enrolling if you are interested in furthering your career in forestry. 

Welcome to FORS 4020 – Silviculture. Silviculture is a dynamic discipline that is an art and a science rooted in resource management. 

 

This course will cover basic silviculture concepts and applications and consider critiques of silviculture as well as adaptations of silviculture to the modern era. 

This website contains links to recorded lectures, readings, and assignments for the class. If you are enrolled in this class at New Mexico Highlands University please refer to your course page and the posted syllabus for due dates and deadlines.

Syllabus:
The paper syllabus with complete campus resources is available here ~

Course Information

Course Number: 

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Lecture Meeting Time:

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Course Instructor: 

Office Location: 

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Zoom Information: 

FORS 4020

Silviculture

Tuesday, Thursday:

11:30am-12:45pm

IHS 271A

505-454-3320

IHS 135

Michael Remke

CourseInfo

Zoom Room; Password: Trees

Student Hours:

Monday: 10:00am-12:00pm coffee hour

Tuesday: 2:00pm-4:00pm seltzer hour

Wednesday: 11:00am-1:00pm lunch hour

Student hours are times when my office is open for drop in conversation regartding course work or anything else forestry, tree, ecology,  or life related. These times can be accessed via the Zoom link here

Zoom office hours : Zoom Room

If the listed student hour times do not align with your schedule and needs, please use the below QR code to schedule an alternative meeting time. Please be flexible with this tool as my schedule may not allow the time you choose. 

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To submit an anonymous question or comment, use the QR code below - I will respond to questions and commets to the whole class

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Books and Readings:

While no books are required for this class; the textbooks photographed to the right of this text inspire material for lecture and selected readings from these books are provided as .pdfs.

 

I highly encourage students to consider these books for their own personal forestry library.

In addition many selected peer-reviewed books are provided in the readings and assignments section.

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Learning Goals:

1. Mastery of content knowledge
2. Critical and reflective thinking skills
3. Ability to communicate effectively
4. Ability to use technology

1. Understand interdisciplinarity of foresty
2. Critically think about how to sustain ecosystems for multiple objectives
3. Understand the values offered by participants, landowners, communities, society, and the ecosphere
4. Demonstrate an understanding of both scientific and traditional ecological knowledge systems
5. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavoirs and be able to critically think regrading ethics from diverse viewpoints
6. Understand the value of diverse people, perspectives, and practives

This course will focus on the understanding of tools, approaches, and concepts of silviculture within the context of social-ecological systems and a changing world. The below knowledge and skills are foundational to the learning goals of Silviculture

NMHU Learning Goals:

Society of American Foresters Learning Goals:

Course Learning Objectives: 

Learig Goals

Knowledge: 

Skills:

1. Knowledge of forest ecology and its implications for stand dynamics

2. Awareness of stages of silviculture and where silviculture fits into the profession of forestry

3. Understanding of harvesting and regeneration techniques and the relationship of these tools to stand dynamics

4. Knowledge of harvesting equipment and best management practices in harvesting practices

5. Understanding of the interconnection of policy, ecology, and economy to connect concepts to actions

1. Ability to identify trees in adult and seedling form 

2. Understanding of applying concepts in stand dynamics to acheive management goals or values

3. Ability to select and use the correct tools to maintain values, especially given complex social systems

4. Ability to apply best management practices to harvesting techniques and incorporate inventory and monitoring into 
management plans

5. Ability to set objectives, describe current conditions, and develop treatment alternatives

Readings and Assignments:

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All readings are due the day they are listed. All worksheets from class are due at the beginning of the next class - so if a worksheet is posted for Thursday, it is due on Tuesday

Readins

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Readings and Assignments Due In Class

Weeks1-4

Week 
One

Tuesday

1/16

Thursday

1/18

Course Overview

Defining Silviculture

No reading due

Reading:
What does it mean to be a Silviculturist

Week 
Two

Tuesday

1/23

Stand Dynamics - Applied forest ecology

Ashton & Kelty ch 4

Thursday

1/25

Stand Dynamics and Ecology in practice

Mixed wood Silviculture in North America -
Kenefic et al. 2023

Week 
Three

Tuesday

Thursday

1/30

2/1

Natural Regeneration- 
Clearcuts, Seed-tree, shelterwood, coppice, selection

Cutting Cyclyes cont
Natural Regeneration - Unforseen Challenges

Ashton & Kelty Ch 7


Optional Reading-
Snuffing out regeneration -
Rodman et al. 2020

Worksheet due on 2/6/2024

Clearcutting

Seed tree

Shellterwood 

Selection

No Reading - Study for Exam

Tuesday

2/6

Review Cutting systems

Week Four

Thursday

2/8

Celebration of Knowledge

In class - Exam 1

Exam study Guide

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Readings and Assignments Due In Class

Anchor 1

Tuesday

2/13

Review Exam
Artifical Regeneration and Assisted Migration

Optional Reading - 
Southern Rockies Reforestation Tool

Week Five

Thursday

2/15

Intermediate Treatments

No Reading

Tuesday

2/20

Tree and stand growth and yeild modeling

Week Six

Thursday

2/22

Tree and stand growth and yield modeling

Optional Reading
Ecological Stoichometry and Conifer Growth:
Kranabetter et al. 2020

Ashton and Kelty Ch 17

Tuesday

2/27

Developing Goals
 

Developing goals - Long et al. 2010
BRING FVS Homework to class

Week Seven

Thursday

2/29

Intermediate Treatments, Exploiting Mutualisms and Ecology

Early successional vegetation buffers microclimate- Crokett and Hurteau 2022

Tuesday

3/5

Developing Goals with the Future in Mind
 

Be ready to be thoughtful (full of thoughts)
Read these example Rx

Week Eight

Thursday

3/7

Project

Project Assignment

Week Nine

Tuesday

Thursday

3/12

NO CLASS
 

3/14

NO CLASS

SPRING BREAK

SPRING BREAK

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Readings and Assignments Due In Class

Anchor 3

Week Ten

Tuesday

3/19

Historical Context of Silviculture: Rise and Fall of Civilization
 

Deforestation and Civilization:
A Buddhist perspective

Thursday

3/21

A Challenge to Tradition

Puettmann, Coates, Messier Ch 2

Tuesday

3/26

Project work time

Work on project

Week 11

Thursday

3/28

Project work time

Work on project (Due 4/30)

Tuesday

4/2

Ecological Silviculture

Origins of Ecological Forestry in North America - D'Amato et al. 2017

Week 12

Thursday

4/4

Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change

Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change -
Nagel et al. 2017

Week 13

Tuesday

4/9

Social Systems in Forest : Governments, policies, values

Community Forestry - Oliver Ch. 13
 

Thursday

4/11

Silv Project Due

Silv Project Due

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Readings and Assignments Due In Class

Weeks14-fia

Week 14

Tuesday

4/16

Prescription development and Implementation: World College Marking 

No Reading

Thursday

4/18

Monitoring plans

Unknown Trajectory of Forest Restoration -
DeLuca et al. 2010

Tuesday

4/23

Urban Forestry

Climate Adaptive Silviculture for the City -
Piana et al. 2021

Week 15

Thursday

4/25

BMPS and gaps in Silviculture

Soil Compaction in Redwood CTL -
Hwang et al. 2020

Week 16

Tuesday

4/30

Presentations

No Reading

Thursday

5/2

Presentations

No Reading
Final Paper Due

FINALS

Tuesday

5/7

Final Exam
@ 2:30 - 5:30

Final Exam
UWC Tree Marking

Class Format

Lecture

The lecture will emphasize material content from readings and focus on concepts, theory, and principals of silviculture.  

 

In person attendance during lecture is required if you are in Las Vegas. 

 

Attendance via Zoom is acceptable if: you provide advance communication of a need to attend remotely OR you live somewhere besides Las Vegas

Reading Discussion

Every class with an assigned reading due will have a 20–30-minute reading discussion. Participating in reading discussions is a mandatory part of your participation grade. 

Grading: 

Gradig

This class will be graded based on the following categories: participation, examination, lab, and final project. These categories are outlined in terms of there total points towards your final grade below. 

Category

Points

Participation

350

Percent of total

33

Examination

400

38

Ponderosa Project

100

10

Final Project

200

19

Total:

1,050

100

Description

10 points / lecture = 320 + 30 points overall grade and professionalism 

4 exams @ 100 points per exam (including final)

In class project with homework

Final paper and self assessment

Grades are reported to the university using the standard grading scale outlined below based on the percentage of your total grade. Please consider the rubric categories as opportunities for growth rather than focusing on your grade alone. Since your participation grade is a daily grade, you always have the opportunity to improve in the next class. 

Grade

Percent Range

A

>90%

Rubric Category

Excelling (4)

B

80-89%

C

70-79%

D

60-69%

F

<60%

Sufficient (3)

Developing (2)

Needs Improvement (1)

Absent

Late assignments:

Attendance:

Assignments will be posted to BrightSpace and will always be due at the beginning of the class period for which their due date is listed.

 

Late assignments will result in a 10% grade deduction for every day they are late.

 

Professional settings mandate proactive communication for missing deadlines, so this late assignment penalty can be waived with reasonable proactive communication.

If you nees help learning how to talk with your professor, remember we are humans with our own humaness and flaws, but also see these:

How to communicate with your professor

How to email your professor

Attendance is mandatory. If you live in Las Vegas and are not ill, then I expect you to attend in person. If you live outside of the Las Vegas area, are ill, or have an extraneous circumstance, attending via Zoom is acceptable. Discussions will be much more meaningful in person, and I will do my best to make Zoom and equally inclusive learning experience. 

 

Should you miss class – Well shoot. Every day is special. The biggest consequence in my opinion is FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). In professional settings, missing an obligation is acceptable with proactive communication and a dedication to making up missed material independently. Interpret this for how you wish in your self-assessment. 

If you miss class, these are helpful :

 What to do when you miss class. 

How to catch up

Poicies

Rules of Engagement: 

We develop these rules as a group on the first day of class. The point is to ensure we have a respectful classroom setting everyone can agree with and feel comfortable with. If someone is violating these rules, we can politely point out the situation and remedy the problem as a group or as individuals within the group. The point is to ensure we are all empowered and supported rather than me, the professor, holding disproportionate rule-making and enforcing authority. 

Example Rules: 

 

  1. Be present

  2. Assume positive intent

  3. Critique ideas, not people

  4. If you identify a problem, present a solution as well

  5. Make mistakes

  6. If you take space, make space

  7. Respect each others time - the time you dedicate may look different than what someone else dedicates and this is not a reflection of value or intellect but rather a reflection of our diversity. 

  8. Be patient - we all have different learning skills and processes and therefore learn at different rates. 

  9. Help each other 

  10. Collaborate - we all have diverse knowledge, note sharing and teamwork (even on indiviudal projects or studying) can help diversify our knowledge by allowing us to learn from each other.

Academic Integrity Policy:

New Mexico Highlands University students and faculty are expected to maintain integrity through honesty and responsibility in all their academic work.

Academic dishonesty includes plagiarism, Cheating, Collusion, Facilitation, Fabrication, Multiple Submissions, and Falsification of Records.

ChatGPT and other Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools help look up questions or ideas; however, copying and pasting AI-generated answers is still academically dishonest.

Additional Resources:

This course follows the Highlands Academic Integrity Policy as described in the catalog: 

Academic Integrity Policy

Cell Phone and Electronics Policy:

Cell phones can both distract and enhance the learning environment.

 

We will develop rules regarding cell phone use together as a class, please reference the Rules of Engagement for more details.

Preparedness and Etiquette Policy:

 Having the proper etiquette for the day means having a good attitude and being part of the team that is our class.

Specific Rules of Engagement will be made on the first day of class and added to this syllabus

Support and Resources

Support

Health and Mental Health Services

Service

Description

The health Center offers basic student medical and wellness services included primary care, illness diagnosis and wound treatment.

The health center also provides students with counseling services for mental health and wellness.

Benefits

The health Center offers basic student medical and wellness services included primary care, illness diagnosis and wound treatment.

The health center also provides students with counseling services for mental health and wellness.

Contact Information

505-454-3218

 

901 Baca Street

Las Vegas, NM,87701

The NM Crisis and Access line is a 24/7 phone service for counseling and mental health emergency support line.

They also offer warm peer calls and text messaging for non-crisis but need-to-talk-to-someone moments.

Any mental health challenge or emergency can be met with professional counseling and confidentiality by calling this number.

Crisis and Access Line

Call only:

1-855-662-7474

Peer-to-Peer Warm Line

Call or text:

1-855-466-7100

Food Resources

A general store and food pantry

Emergency Funding

The student extreme hardship fund can support students with challenging financial circumstances 

The outdoor recreation center offers gear, including jackets, for outdoor recreation. 

Eating a healthy diet helps us focus and thrive

505-454-3529

SUB Room 110

This can help students pay for rent or groceries when facing hardship. There also the Dean Farmer Fund

505-454-3020

deanofstudents@nmhu.edu

505-454-3198

tlaw@nmhu.edu

Students can rent camping gear, jackets, rafting gear, bikes, and many other items to enjoy outside.

Hint: could be useful for class ;)

Adrian Gallegos

505-454-3495 or 

505-454-3050

Academic and Professional Development Services

Service

Description

The ARMAS center is a place for studying and peer support in the sciences. 

The dean of students is a resource for all student affair related questions and concerns.

Human Resources is the office that ensures fair hiring and payroll.

Professional development can connect you with on and off campus jobs

Academic databases, books, digital media and more

Professional Job Boards

Job boards are where professionals list employment opportunities

"Writers helping writers", The NMHU Writing Center supports undergraduate and graduate writers in all disciplines regardless of where you are in the process and what you’re writing. 

Benefits

Contact Information

Having a study community and place to work on campus can enhance productivity and sense of belonging in the academic community

505-426-2010

armassocialmedia@nmhu.edu

The Dean is an administrative role at the University and the Dean of Student brings student functions to University Administrations. 

Kimberly Blea

 

505-454-3020

kjvaldez@nmhu.edu

The human resources office can help with any and all issues related to payroll and hiring.

505-454-3308

hr@nmhu.edu

Mass Communications Building, East, Room 138

This center offers interview practice, resume building and more services

505-454-3048

careerservices@nmhu.edu

Felix Martinez Building, Room230

The library can help you with research support and finding academic resources. The library also loans computers to students! 

Connects you to opportunities nationwide and internationally where you can build experience and your professional network.

 We’ll support you as you brainstorm, draft, rewrite, and revise. We provide support on academic, professional, creative, and personal writing. If you’re looking for feedback, the writing center is here to help.

Schedule a Session

Location: Douglas Hall 115-E

505-454-3537

writingcenter@nmhu.edu 

Harassment and Crisis Services

Service

Description

Benefits

Contact Information

Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. 

 

If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you are encouraged to contact the Center for Advocacy, Resources, Education, & Support (HU-CARES)

HU-CARES is a confidential and professional service with individuals who are trained in helping students with these unfortunate circumstances.

 

HU-CARES will facilitate making a student’s campus and off-campus experience safe and can help connect students with housing opportunities if they are displaced because of violence or harassment.

 

See the website for scheduling an appointment. HU-CARES also offers counseling and confidential crisis support services.