Introduction to the natural history, tree biology, tree identification, forest ecology, management and forest types of the Appalachian region. Identify parts of trees and define the function of various organs. Examine the relationship between tree health, growth, and the environment; describe forest soils and their relationship to forest growth and productivity and sustainability. Learn the common forest management practices used in Appalachian forests. Describe common insect and disease pests of the Appalachian region. Identify common tree species and forest types of the Appalachian region.
This will be determined by three formal exams. Each will count 30% of your grade. Four short announced quizzes distributed throughout the semester will make up the final 10 %. Final grades will be assigned based on the following breakdown:
|Numerical Grade||Course Grade|
|93 or above||A|
|59 or below||F|
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Syllabus by topics
Trees of the week