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Term : Fall 2024
Catalog Year : 2024-2025

FOR 354 - Prescribed Fire, Managed Fire, And Cutural Burning

Description: Intentional fire use to benefit ecological health, reduce fuel hazards, and produce desired ecosystem goods and services is an essential tool for stewardship of natural systems. This course builds upon the foundations of wildland fire science, natural resource management, and traditional ecological knowledge to develop a comprehensive practical understanding of contemporary "fire use," an umbrella term for prescribed fires and managed wildland fires that are used to achieve resource goals rather than being quickly suppressed. We build upon the knowledge gained in previous fire classes to apply all the available tools for making well-supported and flexible burn plans, assessing the outcomes of fire use, and minimizing undesired social impacts. Knowledge from Indigenous and traditional use of fire around the world draws upon a deep legacy of human connection to fire and in many cases is necessary for restoring cultural as well as ecological benefits of stewardship using fire. Students will compare case studies of fire use and develop a burn plan in a real-world context to address the complexity of fire use. Letter grade only.

Units: 3

No sections currently offered.

Prerequisite: FOR 251