A study of forest ecosystems and threats to forests caused by human actions. The course examines fundamental ecological processes that control forest ecosystems and the importance of forests in regional and global environments. Impacts of global warming, forest harvesting, air pollution and improper management will be discussed. Management regimes that result in sustainable forest practices will also be explored. Regional forest issues, as well as national and international forest concerns, will be addressed. Laboratory exercises will examine topics in local forested environments. Laboratory, one period. Prerequisite: ENVSC*110, ENVSC*210 or a lab-based course in the Natural Science division. Distribution Requirements: QR, SP. This course counts as Natural Science for the purpose of satisfying the College distribution requirement for students who matriculated before Fall 2016.