NOTICE: Course descriptions reflected on this page are for Fall 2020, if you are looking for course information for a prior semester please view our 2019-2020 Catalog

Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR)

FNR 201 (3)

Introduction to Forestry and Conservation on the Colorado 

Recommended: Co-enrollment in FNR 215 due to co-convened field trips. This course focuses on developing understanding current conservation issues on the Colorado Plateau, especially climate change, and designing conservation practices to address these issues. Students will gain experience in ‘reading the landscape’, or evaluation of landscape health condition through personal observation. Students will be exposed to a variety of conservation practices, development of experimental treatments, monitoring of conservation treatments, developing economic plans for conservation projects, and building community capacity to participate in conservation activities. Includes three mandatory overnight field trips up to four days in duration (Friday through Monday). 


FNR 211 (3)

Conservation Practice and Evaluation

Conservation Practice and Evaluation. This course is designed to complement youth conservation corps work experience. Students will receive technical training in a variety of topics that may include: chainsaw operation and maintenance; herbicide application; plant identification of invasive weeds and ecologically and culturally important native forbs, grasses, and trees; methods for vegetative reclamation such as tree planting, pole planting, plug planting, seed drilling, and seed spreading; deployment of climate adaptation methods such as assisted migration and species migration; fire suppression treatments such as forest thinning; fuelwood provisioning; recreational trail development; spring restoration; design of weirs and check-dams; wildlife and pasture animal management; exotic plant management; use of GPS and drones, and; monitoring of vegetative recovery, insect diversity, and soils. Students will implement such treatments in a variety of ecosystems around the Colorado Plateau. 


FNR 215 (3)

Communication in Conservation

Recommended: Co-enrollment in FNR 201 due to co-convened field trips. This course focuses on developing communication styles within Forestry and Conservation, including spatial narratives, creative writing, and technical writing. The application of philosophical texts, historical documents, and personnel narratives to influence land management decisions is also emphasized. Course includes three 4-day mandatory field trips.