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Course Description

Examine a variety of ecosystems and the interactions that contribute to the management and preservation of healthy trees and forests. Deepen your knowledge of soil management, tree biology, and insect and disease identification.

The impact of human activities and management practices on woodlands will be discussed along with strategies and techniques to properly manage urban trees and woodlands.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recall the principles of ecology in a natural system and apply these principles to the management of urban trees and woodland environments
  • Access the resources needed to accurately identify native and invasive trees and shrubs by genus and species
  • Identify the physical characteristics of the landscape that will influence growth and development of woodlands
  • Discuss the relationship between the plant and animal species that occupy the landscape
  • Identify common urban trees by genus and species using a plant key
  • Identify soil characteristics that will influence tree species selection and growth
  • Select appropriate tree species for specific sites based on soil conditions, climate, and site needs or planting objectives (shade, erosion control, etc.)
  • Utilize the best management principles and cultural practices to ensure tree health and longevity
  • Identify damaging agents and recommend appropriate corrective action

Course Topics

  • Urban Tree Ecology
  • Human and Climate Change Impact
  • Tree and Forest Vegetation Identification
  • Rare and Invasive Species
  • Soil and Climate
  • Selection and Planting Methods
  • Pruning
  • Pests and Disease
  • Wildlife
  • Woodland Management Techniques
  • Restoring Woodland Health
  • Planning and Implementing Management Strategies

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.

Naturalizing and Restoring Landscapes and Arboriculture complete an area of focus in Natural Landscape Management.

Do not enrol in this course if you have successfully completed Arboriculture (310-0013).

Assessment

Assessment Items Weight
Online Discussion Participation 10%
Quizzes (4 x 10%) 40%
Reading Assignment 10%
Major Project:  Management Plan 40%
Total 100%

 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.

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