ESRM 323 -:- Practical Silviculture
Instructor: Eric C. Turnblom, Ph.D.
Office: BLD 232
Office Hours: Tu 9:30 - 10:20 AM; Thur 2:30 - 3:20 PM; or by appt.
Mailbox Location: AND 114 (accessible through copy room & to the left)
TA: Robert Swan
Office Hours: Wed 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM in BLD 160; or by appt.
Meeting Times / Locations
Lec: M W F 8:00 - 9:20 WFS 201
Course Description / Objectives
This course covers how trees grow, reproduce, and
respond to their environment; silviculture techniques
including site classification, species selection,
regeneration methods, nursery practices; silvicultural
systems such as single-tree selection, group selection,
shelterwood, seed tree, and single cohort systems; site
preparation, intermediate thinning and stand tending,
and the regional silviculture of western forest
complexes. Several labs will analyze various forms of
silviculture and timber management data and several
multiple-use field trips will expose students to
Though there are no formal prerequisites, students should be familiar with the concepts and information in "Forest Ecology in Washington" by Hanley and Baumgartner (2002, click here to view/download). This forest ecology primer highlights the basics from a forest ecology class and/or a basic biology / ecology class that are relevant for ESRM 323. A few of the field exercises in this class will require basic knowledge of natural resources measurements, as well, such as that found in ESRM 304, or ESRM 368, or their equivalent.
Exams: 1 midterm and 1 final exam worth 30%;
Everyone should have a UW computer account to receive
periodic email messages regarding lab sessions,
assignments, and other logistical issues surrounding the
course. Familiarity with software such as Excel and Word
and with computers in general is also helpful, as we
will be learning the use of the Forest Vegetation
Simulator (FVS) to analyze and interpret silvicultural
and other forest inventory data sets.