ESRM 200

Society and Sustainable Forest Environments




Field Trips



Landsat Image, September 25, 2000

Spring Term 2010




Gordon Bradley                                


Bloedel 282                

(206) 685-0881                                     



Teaching Assistant


Jane Atkins

Anderson 23

(206) 616-3681



Time: Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30—11:20


Room: Winkenwerder 201



The class meets for two hours, twice a week.  On Tuesday, the format will be two “standard” 50-minute lectures with a break in between.  On Thursday, there will be one 50-minute lecture and then either a lecture, a guest lecture, or a 50-minute lab/discussion section.


Course Purpose

To explore the multiple contributions of forested environments along the urban to wild-land gradient.



This course provides an introduction to sustainable management of urban, urbanizing and wild land landscapes. Of particular interest are the social and economic forces that shape these landscapes and the benefits that flow from them. Social and economic forces include human population, markets, policy and social choice.  Examination of each landscape will include the reasons for their establishment including the institutions and legal authority underlying the administration of the landscapes, the benefits that flow from the landscapes and the challenges of managing the landscapes in a sustainable manner.



· To identify the range and type of forested environments

· To understand the social and political context of forest landscapes 

· To understand the drivers of landscape change.

· To understand the benefits that accrues to society from various landscape patterns

· To understand the challenges of managing landscapes in a sustainable manner


After taking this class students should be able to understand the forces acting on a landscape, those that influenced the development to its present condition and make informed speculations about the range of plausible future changes.



In addition to weekly reading and participating in class discussions and written exercises, you are responsible for completing a mid-term and final exam. The exam will test your knowledge of and ability to apply information presented during class and the readings to particular societal and environmental issues and situations. 


Final grades for ESRM 200 will be based on the following factors


 Assignment                                                         Percent of Grade 


Class participation                                                          10

Field Trip #1 evaluation                                                              5

Field Trip #2 evaluation                                                              5

Mid Term                                                                        25

Final exam                                                                      25

Term project                                                                   30





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