Introduction to New England Forests
The topics of forest management, ecology, stewardship, and sustainability are explored in this online program coordinated by Brian Donahue of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The course teaches how woodlands can be actively managed for timber and at the same time protected, in the context of urban and suburban growth, for future generations.
This course explores the fundamentals of forest processes and active, private stewardship. It is designed for owners of small woodlands such as land trusts, local governments, and private landowners.
- Introduction to New England Forests, Overview
- Forest History - 10,000 years of change in the forest, and New Englanders' relationship to it.
- Forest Ecology - The composition, structure and dynamics of New England forest ecosystems, and the benefits they provide.
- Forest Stewardship - Providing for biodiversity, and enjoying the forest´s many educational and recreational benefits.
- Sustainable Forestry - Managing the forest for wood production, while still maintaining other ecological values.
- Forest Protection - How to protect a large common forest of public and private woodlands in the face of suburban sprawl.