FORS 491 APPLIED FOREST RESTORATION: GUATEMALA
Service-Learning Reforestation Field Course -- June 1-9, 2013
About the Course
This course provides first-hand insight into restoration challenges and reforestation practices in Guatemala. Students will witness the effects of deforestation on rural villages, share in community-based reforestation efforts, tour tree seedling nurseries, and visit past reforestation sites. Students will work alongside staff of the Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR; http://www.airguatemala.org/). From its headquarters in Guatemala’s Altiplano (highlands), AIR works with closely with local communities to organize tree-planting projects, establish seedling nurseries, promote sustainable agricultural practices, and distribute fuel-efficient wood-burning stoves, in a comprehensive effort to reduce catastrophic flooding and alleviate rural poverty.
Christopher Keyes, Research Associate Professor of Silviculture, Department of Forest Management; and Director, Applied Forest Management Program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will be expected to participate in nightly discussions. All students are esponsible for completing and submitting: 1) Observations Journal, with daily entries made during the trip (25%); 2) Annotated Photograph Collection (25%); and a Summary Report that synthesizes those elements with technical details about reforestation/nursery practices encountered during the trip (50%). Graduate students will also prepare a research pre-proposal that addresses a topic relevant to the experience. All work must be completed by July 15.
The course is limited to 7 participants. The course is targeted to upper undergraduate students and graduate students in a natural resources discipline. Academic background or work experience in reforestation, silviculture, or nursery practice is preferred but not required. Spanish is not required. Applicant screening will commence during the last week in February. Applications are available at Forestry Building Room 201 (attention: Marie Rothell). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting February 26, until all slots are filled.
Several vaccine-preventable diseases may be encountered in Guatemala. For more details, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/guatemala.htm). These include (immunization cost is estimated): Hepatitis A ($58); Hepatitis B ($63); Typhoid ($85 oral, or $99 injectible). The Missoula County Health Department at 301 West Alder has a Travel Clinic program that can help inform you of the health risks and provide the necessary immunizations. They offer a free consultation, but any required immunizations are available for a fee.
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