In this course, students learn basic principles related to forest road location and design, harvest system selection, and harvest planning and operations. Students study a variety of harvesting scenarios to learn assess and site and match harvest method and equipment for the safe, economic, and environmentally responsible harvesting of forest stands. Engineering field survey and data collection methods are reviewed and applied to operational harvest planning tasks. Examples of how field survey data can be transferred to computer programs such as ArcGIS and the RoadEng Survey Map, Terrain, and Location modules is included.
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Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Describe appropriate surveying techniques including preparation of complete and accurate field notes to current industry standards and practices.
Integrate field data into computer applications relevant to forest engineering and operations.
Recommend appropriate road construction equipment and techniques for given conditions.
Discuss considerations for road location, design and construction that will minimize environmental impacts.
Demonstrate current practices for managing surface water for the design and installation of minor drainage structures.
Identify the types and characteristics of the different harvest methods employed in the forest industry. State the applications and limitation of different harvest methods, in terms of environment impacts, safety, economics and visual quality.
Describe raw forest product transportation systems, focusing on road transportation from landing to dump.
Identify harvesting opportunities and constraints by applying photo interpretation techniques and interpreting topographic and other resource maps.
Describe current legislation and regulation related to forest operations.
List the appropriate permits required for road construction and harvesting.
Describe the method for determining the Stream Classification of water ways within a proposed harvest area
Use design tools to determine the culvert and bridge size, within the limits of a RFT.
Prepare a simplified harvest plan related to forest harvesting.
Effective as of Fall 2016
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