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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

Workshop Agenda for:

Landscape Ecology

a.k.a. Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice: Application to Land Management




LandEco Consulting


Flagstaff AZ - Northern Arizona University


Lodging: TBA (in the past the vendor has used Comfort Inn with the local government rate)
See LandEco website for lodging reservation information

Transportation: If you are flying, all of the major hotels, including the those with block reservations, offer a free airport shuttle service. Check with your hotel to arrange for a shuttle from the airport.

Per Diem: Meals & Incidental Expenses = $66; Lodging = $95

Arriving: TBD

Departing: TBD

Staying: 11 nights

Workshop Information

Paying Tuition: Vendor accepts Purchase/Credit Cards and other forms of payment. See Vendor website for more information.

Dropping from the Workshop: Pretty simple -- find a sub or pay fixed cost. Tuition is low for this workshop, consequently there is not much leeway on letting people drop. The budget has been set and spent based on your current confirmation. Check with us first, just in case we have a waiting list. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.

Meeting Room: NAU Forest Science Complex - detailed information will come from vendor.

Agenda: 2009 PDF 70.8 KB -- 2013 is coming; stay tuned

Graduate Credit/CPE: Not Available at this time.

What to Bring: Information available in registration materials provided by LandEco Consulting. You may want your laptop computer with Microsoft office products (spd, ppt) for independent study and presentation development; all modeling work will be done on classroom computers.

Preparation: You need to purchase the textbook “Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice” by Turner - see the vendor's website for more information. Be prepared for this intense course by reading the text before class. The course will rely ACRGIS however you will be working in groups so everyone does not need to be an expert. Preparation for group presentations will require a couple evenings of work- actual evening dependant on presentation schedule.

Landscape Ecology - Agenda


Strong focus on project-based learning. Emphasis on working in small inter-disciplinary groups (to the extent possible) completeing hands-on exercises involving contemporary issues in landscape ecology. Roughly half of the course time is devoted to group analysis of data sets (primarily using computer models) and discussing results in reference to the concepts learned from lecture, assigned readings and application to home units.

Laboratory exercises constitute the major emphasis of the course; lectures are primarily designed to support the lab exercises, not vice versa.

Strong focus on place-based learning. Emphasis on learning the principles and methods of landscape ecology through their application to a single place - the case study landscape (a logical ecological unit on or in the vicinity of the Lolo National Forest). The case study landscape acts as a common thread among course components and provides a unifying focus to the course. Aside from the obvious pragmatic efficiencies of working with a single landscape (e.g., developing familiarity with a single data set), we believe that applying the various principles and methods of landscape ecology to the study and management of a single case study landscape leads to a greater understanding of how landscape ecology can be used in practice.

Strong orientation towards national forest planning and management. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of Forest Service professionals. Hence the project- and place-based approach emphasizes learning landscape ecology principles that are most relevant to the management of national forests in general, and those that are particularly relevant to the management of the case study landscape on the Lolo National Forest.

The course is divided between conventional lectures and hands-on lab exercises. In general, the morning session each day is devoted to lecture and discussion, and provides the necessary theoretical and conceptual background needed to complete the afternoon lab exercises.

The afternoon session each day is devoted to hands-on exercises. The purpose of these exercises is providing students with hands-on experience analyzing real data using state-of-the-art landscape analysis software, all centered around the case study landscape. Students work in small groups (2 to 4) completing each exercise with selected groups presenting oral reports of their findings.

Briefly, the ten-day lab sequence is as follows:

1. Define the landscape

2. Establish a conceptual model of landscape structure

3. Quantify landscape pattern (using FRAGSTATS)

4. Quantify historic (simulated) range of variability in landscape structure and current departure (using landscape disturbance succession model RMLANDS); 2 labs

5. Evaluate alternative landscape scenarios (using RMLANDS and FRAGSTATS); 2 labs

6. Assess metapopulation viability under forest management scenario (using viability model); 2 labs

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Forest Service Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator,
WFW staff
Phone: 435-881-4203
Expires: none

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