In order to foster greater technical competency and to improve confidence in the field, undergraduate students are offered a course known as the FERM, Forest and Environmental Resource Management. Teams of students from forestry and applied ecology degree programs work with faculty, staff, and an advisory board to implement sustainable resource management plans developed by students on the School Forest lands. The FERM program is designed to provide a variety of hands-on experiences in realistic field and management settings that incorporates research and conservation objectives. Specific activities include timber sale preparation and administration, wildlife and ecological surveys, road layout, tree planting, regeneration surveys, study plot layout and establishment, and permanent plot remeasurements. Assessment in the FERM emphasizes student outcomes achieved using group and individual instruction, guided inquiry, technical training, site visits, applied field exercises, and professional interaction. This promising program provides high-quality learning experiences for students but also presents significant challenges.
Schmierer, James M. Jr.; Mroz, Glenn D.; and Noble, Scott D.
"The FERM: Forest and Environmental Resource Management,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues: Vol. 12
, Article 49.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol12/iss1/49