EFB 345: FOREST HEALTH EFB 345- 3 credit hours July 29-August 9, 2013 Instructors: S.A. Teale and J.D. Castello Course Objectives: (1) (2) (3) (4) To identify and study some of the major tree diseases and forest insect pests of the northern hardwood forest type. To present some of the major roles of fungi in the forest ecosystem, (e.g.) pathogens, symbionts, and decomposers. To become familiar with the impacts of insects and diseases on forest ecosystems, and on the forest and wood products industries; and to discuss management options. To present a series of methods and approaches to the study of tree diseases and insect pests in the forest environment. Methodology: (1) Lectures. (2) Readings and discussions. (3) Field trips, laboratory work, demonstrations, guest speakers, field projects, oral and written presentations, and quizzes. (4) There are two overnight camping trips, a 24 mile (return) canoe trip, a 6 mile (return) hike into the Five Ponds Wilderness, a trip to the Ranger School, Crary Mills State Park, the Ward Lumber Co., Whiteface Mt., and the Huntington Forest. Prerequisites: none. Textbooks: Castello, J.D., and Teale, S.A. (Eds.). 2011 Forest Health: An Integrated Perspective. Cambridge University Press. 392 p. Grading: There are no written or field exams. Your grade will be based almost exclusively on your ACTIVE participation in the class, lab, and field; and secondarily on your written project reports, oral presentations, and DAILY OPEN BOOK AND NOTE quizzes. The course is literally packed with lots of class, lab, field work and writing, but you will learn a great deal (at least we hope so!). We hope you enjoy it and have a good time too.