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Readings for Week Two: Forests worldwide, in the US and in the inland Pacific Northwest

Tuesday, April 9

Today we will read and discuss materials that will familiarize you with US and world patterns of forest and their effects on ecosystems and climate.

Class segment 1: World and US forests: overview
Begin by having a quick look at the FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 and at the introduction and chapters 1-5 of the USFS Future of America's Forests and Rangelands. In many cases, to save time you can look at tables and charts, and skim the prose.

We will have a general class discussion in light of the broad facts presented in the two reports:
  • What do you think are the most important reasons why we are concerned with preserving forests worldwide?
  • Are there significant differences between the way we should regard temperate and tropical forests
Class segment 2: Forest products: production and trade
In light of today's readings, we will have a general class discussion of the following points:
  • What is the best way to balance forest preservation with forest production?
  • What does "sustainable forestry" mean?

Thursday, April 11

To day we zoom in to the forests of eastern Washington, including those now managed by the Yakama Nation that we will visit on our field trip, in Paul F. Hessburg and James K. Agee's An environmental narrative of Inland Northwest United States Forests, 1800-2000. It's long, but its pretty easy reading; no equations! Then look at the production statistics in In class, we will have a special guest, Professor Jerry Franklin, who will discuss current issues in Pacific Northwest Dry Side Forests. By 9:00 p.m on Wednesday, April 10 (so I can give Professor Franklin some heads-up), please post two questions you would like to hear Professor Franklin answer in his visit to our class.