Forestry Course Descriptions & Outlines

FORT 1108 | Introduction to Waters | Credits: 1

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This course is an introduction to the ecological systems which influence lakes, streams, wetlands and the riparian transition areas. This class will include both classroom and field lectures coupled with field exercises designed to investigate the elements and interactions of our aquatic and terrestrial resources.

FORT 1109 | Properties of Forest Soils | Credits: 1

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This course provides a basic working knowledge of forest soils which is critical to making informed management decisions. This class will include both classroom and field lectures to investigate soil physical and chemical properties, and soil map unit interpretation. An introduction into soil forming factors and glacial history is included in this course.

FORT/GENL 1201 | Introduction to Natural Resources | Credits: 1

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This course is an introduction to the natural resource field. It examines a variety of natural resources, the social implications of multiple and environmental impacts associated with extractive, consumptive, and active uses of the land. The course emphasizes the intersection of the science associated with land managers' decisions, legal requirements of the field of natural resource management and the public's demand for resources.

FORT 1202 | Natural Resources Careers | Credits: 1

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This course will emphasize a variety of job search skills. Resume writing, cover letters and interview skills will be developed through classroom exercise and assignments. Speakers will discuss career opportunities, and desirable skills for workers will be presented. The course will present students with practical knowledge of effectively planning work needs and time management for meeting daily work goals. Additionally, the course will help students to identify personal goals and understand basic career paths and methods to advance themselves in a desired natural resource field. Students will also be asked to examine a land stewardship ethic that involves care of a wide spectrum of natural resources. A land manager's role in meeting the interests of a diverse public is discussed.

FORT 1205 | Forestry Math | Credits: 2

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This course will provide students with an understanding of applied trigonometry, algebra, and statistics. The course utilizes common natural resource examples to demonstrate trigonometry in surveying applications. The course also utilizes algebra to solve formulas in scaling and forest volume calculations. The course also utilizes cruising inventory example to provide a background in sampling and statistics.

FORT 1206 | Forest Protection | Credits: 2

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Causes, effects, prevention and suppression of forest fires. Includes fire weather, fire planning and controlled use of fire in the forest as well as principles of forest entomology and pathology. Also covers identification, life cycles, host damage, and control methods of important insect and disease groups.

FORT 1301 | Wildland Firefighting | Credits: 3

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This course is made up of three National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training courses, S 130 - Firefighter Training, S 190 - Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior and I 180 - Human Factors on the Fireline, which are required for all personnel to be certified as firefighters. S 110 - Wildland Fire Orientation is also covered in this course. Students are trained in basic firefighting skills, techniques and safety; management systems, fire behavior and physical training for firefighters.

Also included as online homework will be Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ICS 100 - Introduction to the Incident Command System and IS700 - National Incident Management System, which are required for all NIMS responders.

FORT 1310 | Portable Pumps and Water Use | Credits: 2

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This is National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (NWCG) course S211. The course gives students the knowledge and skills to design, setup, operate, troubleshoot and shut down portable water delivery systems.

FORT 1312 | Fire Behavior and Effects | Credits: 2

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This course will give students a basic understanding of how files start and behave and how they affect the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the environment.

FORT 1315 | Compass and Mapping | Credits: 1

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This course will provide students with a basic understanding of map interpretation and compass use. The course includes the rectangular land survey system. It also introduces GPS field exercises.

FORT 1510 | Air Operations | Credits: 3

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This course covers interagency aviation firefighting operations, aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with firefighting aircraft, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft and basic aviation policy. The Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) program is also introduced and explored. Field visits to the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center Aviation Desk, an Interagency Tankerbase, and a MN DNR Helibase will link the classroom learning with on-the-ground knowledge and familiarization.

This course will provide all the training in the National Wildfire Coordination Group's S-270 (Basic Air Operations) and will increase the employability of students who complete the course.