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REM 244 Wildland Fire Management »Check out the course website
This course provides students with an introduction to the concepts of wildland fire management. Topics include fire behavior, fuels, fire weather, fire prevention and suppression tactics, fire policy and fire ecology.

FOR 426 Fire Ecology and Management »Check out the course website
This class is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of fire ecology in a variety of ecosystems. We will focus on fire's effects on plants, animals, soils, water and air. The emphasis of this course is to understand fire as an ecological process in wildland systems. This course is also offered online.

FOR 427 Prescribed Burning Lab »Check out the course website
Students who take this course will have a unique opportunity to plan, conduct and evaluate a prescribed fire. In doing so, they learn many of the computer and field tools for projecting fire behavior, analyzing weather, inventorying fuels and evaluating success relative to specific management objectives the burns were designed to accomplish.

FOR J435/J535 Remote Sensing for Fire Management »Check out the course website
Review the applications, potential and limitations of methods for the remote sensing of fire management, including assessing fuels, monitoring fire behavior, and evaluating and predicting immediate to long-term fire effects. Focus is on the interpretation of the results as well as clarifying definitions of fire descriptors (fire intensity, fire severity, and burn severity) and relative merits of remote sensing tools for addressing them.

FOR 450 Fire Behavior »Check out the course website
This course is designed to teach students the process of combustion in wildland fuels and how it can be modeled and used to make predictions about the properties of a fire. Topics include fire as a physical phenomena, fire behavior models and predictions, and emissions.

FOR 454 Air Quality and Smoke Management »Check out the course website
This class focuses on the assessment of the drivers of emission processes and impacts on air quality from agricultural, prescribed and wildland fires. Course topics include an overview of the combustion and emission processes, the impact of emissions on air quality, the modeling and prediction techniques used to predict emissions and other topics such as current emissions standards, and air quality planning. Currently being developed, but see free smoke resources available online.

FOR 526 Fire Ecology »Check out the course website
Gain in-depth look at fire-related ecology of plant and animal species in wildland ecosystems. We read and discuss current literature to learn about research approaches.

REM 407 GIS Applications in Fire Ecology and Management »Check out the course website
This course introduces students to applications of GIS in fire ecology and management. Topics included include fire incident mapping, the creation of fire progression maps, GIS overlay analysis, fire severity assessment and fire atlas data. Currently offered online only.

FOR 451 Fuels Inventory and Management »Check out the course website
Explore the the purpose and limitations of both current and past approaches to fuels inventory and mapping, review field techniques of conducting a fuels inventory, discuss the ecological role of woody debris in terrestrial ecosystems and use the fuels characterization classification system (FCCS) to analyze fuels inventory data. Currently offered only online.

FOR 504 (01) Global Fire Ecology »Check out the course website
Global fire and ecological feedbacks in the context of climate and land-use change. First taught in Fall 2011.

FOR 433 Science Based Fuels Management Planning »Check out the course website
This course focuses on the potentials, limitations, and applications of recently developed tools used in fuels management and planning. We talk extensively about the use of computer-based simulations and modeling in planning and stress the importance of critical thinking and communication during the planning process. Currently offered only online.