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Forest Stand Dynamics Southeast
A Graduate-Level Forest Management Short Course

Pine and Dogwood photo

March 19-20, 2008
Camp Slocum at Hill Forest - Bahama, NC
Duke Forest - Durham, NC

About the short course

This is an intensive two-day silviculture short course designed to make attendees more effective in their on the ground management decision making. The short course will examine how forest stands grow, from individual tree architecture and growth, to how stands respond to disturbances and silvicultural manipulations. This information lays the foundation for comprehensive planning of natural or instensively managed stands. Understanding and applying the principals outlined in this short course are critical for forest vigor and management success, whether management is for ecological services, economic gain, forest restoration efforts, recreation, or aesthetics. Field tour/lectures are incorporated into each afternoon of the short course. Academic basis of short course is the (optional) text, Forest Stand Dynamics (Oliver and Larson, 1996 Updated Edition).

This short course was assigned 12.0 hours of Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education Credits from the Society of American Foresters.

Who should attend?

The course is conducted at the graduate level, and is designed to present and synthesize the most up-to-date information available on the subject of applied silviculture in the context of operational forest management. A general requirement for those attending is a Bachelor’s degree in forestry or a related discipline, or a Bachelor’s degree and practical experience in natural resource management.

About the Instructors

James B. McCarter is a Research Scientist at University of Washington, and Ph.D. siliviculturist working for the forestry departments at NC State University and Yale University. He has been training forestry professionals and private landowners coast-to-coast for over ten years.

Rick Hamilton is NC State University Extension Forestry Leader Emeritus, and a forestry consultant with over 30 years experience teaching and practicing silviculture in the southeastern US.

Field Trip Hosts

Joe Cox is NC State University College Forest Manager at Hill Demonstration Forest. Joe has been overseeing research, teaching, and recreational uses of the forest for 6 years while also managing the College of Natural Resources' other important forest holdings.

Dr. Judd Edeburn is Duke Forest Resource Manager with 29 years of experience managing the Duke Forest for a variety of timber, recreation, education and ecological services.

General Workshop Agenda

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Introduction Plant Interactions

Limitations of Growth
Concept of Growing Space

Tree Architecture and Growth

General Growth Patterns
Shoot Development Patterns
Crown Shapes
Height Growth
Root Growth
Crown and Tree Development

Stand Development Patterns

Open Stands (Stand Initiation)
Dense Stands (Stem Exclusion)

Lunch provided

Afternoon Field Trip - Hill Forest

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Disturbances and Stand Development

Classification of Disturbance
Tree Response to Disturbance

Quantification of Stand Development

Measures of Growth & Yield

Understory Stands (Understory Reinitiation)

Complex Stands (Old Growth)

Lunch provided

Afternoon Field Trip - Duke Forest

Location, Travel and Lodging

The short course lectures will be held at Camp Slocum classroom at the 2,450-acre Hill Demonstration Forest in Bahama, NC. Duke Forest is located in rural Orange County north of Durham, NC. Daily field trips will be incorporated on the Hill Forest and Duke Forest in Durham, NC, demonstrating the classroom concepts in the field. Van transportation is provided between classrooms and field sites. Lodging for this short course is not included in the registration fee.

Economy hotels located within 30 minutes drive of Hill Demonstration Forest:
Hampton Inn Roxboro, 920 Durham Road, Roxboro, NC 27573
America's Best Value Inn, 1006 N. Madison Blvd., Roxboro, NC 27573
Innkeeper Roxboro, 906 Durham Road, Roxboro, NC 27573
Holiday Inn Express, 2578 West Lyon Station Rd., Creedmoor, NC 27552
Red Roof Inn, 1816 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705

Equipment and Supplies

Lecture sessions: Attendees will be provided course notebook with space to make notes. Field tour/lectures: Attendees should be bring a clipboard for taking notes outdoors. A camera and sketch pad have been useful during previous sessions of this short course. Instructors will be bring increment bores and D-tape, but participants are welcome to bring their own field measurement instruments. Dress appropriate to the weather with boots, rain gear, and hard hats.

Registration Information

Pre-registration is required. The registration fee is $295 and includes course materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and transportation to the field sites. Registration deadline is March 10, 2008. Enrollment in the short course is limited to the first 30 registrants - early registration is strongly encouraged. NOTE: You will receive your registration confirmation by E-mail or fax - please be sure to enter this information on your registration form. Click here to download a PDF version of the short course information with registration form. If you would like to order your registration and make payment on-line using Mastercard or Visa, click here to move to our FEOP Registration Store.

Cancellation Policy

If cancellations are made before the registration deadline, the registrant will receive a full refund less a $50 service charge. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after the registration deadline - in this case it is recommended you send a substitute. Return to top of page.


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