Application of forest ecology principles and silvicultural techniques to meet a wide range of desired conditions and resource objectives.
F 571 (Applied Forest Ecology); Bachelor's degree required.
Textbooks and Materials
- Ecological Silviculture: Foundations and Applications
Brian J. Palik, Anthony W. D'Amato, Jerry F. Franklin, K. Norman Johnson
Classical silviculture has often emphasized timber models, fundamentally based in production agriculture. This book presents silvicultural methods based in natural forest models—models that emulate natural disturbances and development processes, sustain biological legacies, and allow time to take its course in shaping stands. These methods, dubbed “ecological forestry,” have been successfully implemented by foresters for decades managing a wide variety of forestlands. Ecological silvicultural strategies protect threatened and rare species, sustain biological diversity, and provide habitat for game and non-game species, all while providing timber in profitable ways.
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
Wilfred Previant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. Drawing upon his extensive field experience in the Great Lakes, Interior West, and Pacific Northwest forests and landscapes, Wilfred builds around case-studies to help connect students to their interests. Wilfred’s research includes forest inventory, monitoring analysis, sampling techniques, silviculture, forest refugia, and carbon management.