This introduction provides a broad overview of the various modules in this resource. It emphasizes the wide diversity of topics covered in this resource and looks at the subject area interrelationships. It is recommended that users of this resource view this introductory module before watching the other modules that cover specific subjects within forestry and natural resource conservation.

Learning Objectives

After viewing the module presentations and laboratory videos, users should be able to:

  • Describe the range of subjects necessary to consider in the sustainable management of forests.
  • Give a brief description of each topic.
  • Explain how the various fields of study fit into an overall framework for managing forests in a sustainable manner.


Dr. Bruce Larson, Professor

Listen to Dr. Larson respond to the question: How did I get interested in this area of study?

For more information about Dr. Larson, please check UBC, Faculty of Forestry


Module Resources

There are 3 components to watch in this module:
an introductory forest video, a PowerPoint/lecture presentation and then a final forest video.

Before viewing a presentation or lab, check instructions on using this resource.

Video Intro

Introductory Forest Video
Dr. Bruce Larson introduces this module from Pacific Spirit Park, a second growth forest located just at the edge of the University of British Columbia campus. He notes the complexity of the forest system and touches on the multitude of components that are important to study in order to have a fuller understanding of what is meant by planning for the sustainable management of forests.


Introduction to Resource
Dr. Bruce Larson briefly discusses each of the subjects that comprise the study of forestry and natural resource conservation in a Power Point lecture. This broad overview helps viewers get an idea of the interrelationship between the single topics that each make up a module in the rest of this resource.


Video Wrap-up

Wrap-up Forest Video
Dr. Bruce Larson sums up the introduction to this resource by pointing out the need to learn about the wide array of topics relating to forests. We need to learn about the science of natural forest systems, the science of technology for use in managing forests and making wood products, and the science of the society that relies on forests for a vast range of goods and services.