August 10, 2016

Standard 1

Standard 1

Tree and Stand Dynamics

Principle

Availability

Relevant Components

Course Content

Principle

Trees and stands are an important part of the Canadian landscape. Knowledge of tree and stand establishment, growth and mortality, forms the basis of understanding how the forest ecosystem functions.

Availability

All online modules will run 3 times a year, coinciding with the Fall, Spring and Summer terms, as per the University of Toronto academic calendar. Each module will begin approximately 3 weeks following the commencement of the academic term, and will last 8 weeks. Exact course start dates will be specified upon registration.

Field courses modules will be offered in the Spring and Fall terms, and potentially the Summer term, pending enrolment numbers. Spring sessions will take place during the first 2 weeks of May, fall sessions the last 2 weeks of October, and mid-summer sessions the first 2 weeks of July.

Relevant Content

  •  Basic understanding of growth and yield projections; the applications and limitations of growth and yield on forest management.
  •  Concept of silvics, life cycle, growth, genetics of trees.
  •  Ecological amplitude of plant species and communities.
  •  Factors that influence trees and stands in order to predict future conditions.
  •  Identify, classify and analyze trees and stands.
  •  Influence of tree and stand establishment (natural or artificial), density control, planting, spacing, tree improvement, vegetation control, fertilization, drainage and pruning on stand growth, quality, and ecosystem diversity.
  •  Influence that landforms, landscapes, and surface materials have on trees and groups of trees over time.
  •  Life history of regional tree species.
  •  Plant and tree physiology.

Course Content

Standard 1 is made up of 4 separate modules.  Depending on your competency requirements, you may be required to take all or some of these modules to fulfill the requirements of Standard 1.

Module 1.1: Identify plants and describe their physiology, growth, morphology, and synecology

This training package will incorporate self-paced, online modules, required readings, discussion forums, and a variety of evaluation methods.

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Module 1.2: Describe the current and past tree and stand conditions and the processes that led to them and articulate possible future conditions.

This training package will incorporate self-paced, online modules, required readings, discussion forums, and a variety of evaluation methods.

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Module 1.3: Describe and apply models to articulate present and future stand conditions.

This training package will incorporate self-paced, online modules, required readings, discussion forums, and a variety of evaluation methods.

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Module 1.4: Demonstrate the integration of the individual competencies within Standard 1 

This module will incorporate a 4-day field course in Halliburton Forest with various evaluation methods.

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An Ontario Bridge Training Program for Foresters

Funded by

Government-of-Ontario
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