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RENR 8104 - Applications of Fire in Ecosystem Restoration

Renewable Resources Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

The course reviews and expands upon the fundamentals of fire science, documents the ecological role of fire in British Columbia’s terrestrial ecosystems and examines fire as a management tool for various applications, such as biodiversity, fuel management, wildlife habitat, and rehabilitation of degraded forest, range and other wildland ecosystems.


RENR 7100 and RENR 7210



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the theoretical elements of fire behaviour, including the interaction of fuels, weather and topography.
  • List and describe various technical instruments used to help predict fire behaviour and to monitor prescribed fire results.
  • List and describe the impacts of fire on terrestrial ecosystems.
  • List and describe some measures that can be used to avoid or mitigate the above-mentioned impacts.
  • Compare and contrast fire with other natural and human kinds of ecosystem disturbances.
  • Describe the potential role of prescribed fire for maintaining critical wildlife habitat for designated wildlife species in a specified geographic area.
  • Write a 2000- word technical paper describing the natural role of fire for a specific geographic area.
  • Identify laws, regulations and government policies relevant to the use of prescribed fire in British Columbia.
  • Know how to research, identify and recognize the multiple values at risk and potential constraints on a specific geographic area that apply to the use of prescribed fire in the area.
  • Write a complete prescribed fire plan for a specified area.
  • Give a presentation on risk assessment and risk management measures for the prescribed fire plan mentioned above.
  • Using assigned case studies, compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of prescribed fire as a fuel management vehicle for parks, wilderness areas, and urban interface areas.

Effective as of Fall 2017

Related Programs

RENR 8104 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Ecological Restoration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Science


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