NASP11 Course Content

This is the list of pre-readings for NASP11. A link to the .pdf of each of the readings or link to the video is provided below. You are responsible for downloading, printing, and reading them before your arrival in Cloquet. Please bring the readings with you-- we will provide a binder large enough to organize them.

Background Readings:

Frelich, L.E. 2002. Disturbance, stand development, and successional trajectories. pp 90-123 In Forest Dynamics and Disturbance Regimes: Studies from Temperate Evergreen-deciduous Forests. Cambridge University Press, New York.

Stearns, F.W. 1997. History of the Lake States Forests: Natural and Human Impacts. In Lake States Regional Forest Resources Assessment: Technical Papers, J.M. Vasievich and H.H. Webster, editors. USDA Forest Service GTR NC-189, 35p.

DeRose, R.J. and J.N. Long. 2014. Resistance and resilience:  A conceptual framework for silviculture. Forest Science 60(6): 1205-1212.

Background Lecture Content:

Refer to the NASP YouTube playlist: Although some video content will be a review, we expect you to be familiar with it - in general, we will not cover this content again in class.

Week 1 Readings:

Monday July 24

Silvics and Tree Growth (Windmuller-Campione and Sagor)

Pre-reading and pre-lecture content  

Forest Health and Disturbances (Russell)

Russell, M and M. Albers. 2016. Eastern spruce budworm: Management Approaches in Minnesota’s Forests. University of Minnesota Extension Factsheet.

 Communication Skills, Discussion/Critique Assignment (Nagel and Windmuller-Campione)

Reading distributed in class on 7/24

Tuesday July 25

Climate Change and Silvicultural Strategies (Swanson and Nagel)

Janowiak, M.K., C.W. Swanston, L.M. Nagel, L.A. Brandt, P.R. Butler, S.D. Handler, P.D. Shannon, L.R. Iverson, S.N. Matthews, A. Prasad, and M.P. Peters. 2014. A practical approach for translating climate change adaptation principles into forest management actions. Journal of Forestry 112(5): 424-433.

Forest Growth, Productivity, and Stand Dynamics (Windmuller-Campione)

Johnson, E.A. and K. Miyanishi. 2007. Disturbance and Succession, pp 1-14 In Johnson, E.A. and K. Miyanishi (editors) Plant Disturbance Ecology: The Process and the Response. Elsevier Inc, 698 pgs.

O'Hara, K.L. 2016. What is close-to-nature silviculture in a changing world?. Forestry 89 (1): 1-6. doi: 10.1093/forestry/cpv043

Wednesday July 26

Tree Physiology (Montgomery)

Reich, P. B., K.M. Sendall, A. Stefanski, X. Wei, R.L.  Rich, and R.A. Montgomery. 2016. Boreal and temperate trees show strong acclimation of respiration to warming. Nature  531(7596), 633-636.

O'Brien, M. J., B.M..J. Engelbrecht, J. Joswig, G. Pereyra, B. Schuldt, S. Jansen, J. Kattge, S.M. Landhäusser, S.R. Levick, Y. Preisler, P. Väänänen,  and C. Macinnis-Ng, 2017. A synthesis of tree functional traits related to drought-induced mortality in forests across climatic zones. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12874

Thursday July 27

Native Plant Communities (Almendinger and Hanson)

Almendinger, J.C. 2006. Mesic Hardwood Forest System: Ecological Factors & Concepts Pertinent to Management. ELPF Training Series.

Aaseng, N.E.,  J.C. Almendinger, R.P. Dana, D.S. Hanson, M.D. Lee, E.R. Rowe, K.A. Rusterholz, D.S. Wovcha. 2011. Minnesota’s native plant community classification: A statewide classification of terrestrial and wetland vegetation based on numerical analysis of plot data. Biological Report No. 108. Minnesota County Biological Survey, Ecological Land Classification Program, and Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program. St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. OPTIONAL

Friday July 28

Measuring Ecosystem Attributes (Sagor)

Barnes, B.V., D.R. Zak, S.R. Denton and S.H. Spurr. 1998. Site quality and ecosystem evaluation. In Forest Ecology, 4th edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. pp 298-329.

Videos (

Week 2 Readings:

Monday July 31

Geology, Landforms, Soils (Grigal)

Grigal, D. F.  1975.  Productivity estimation of forest lands.  p. 11-23. In Proc. Intensive Forest Management Conference.  Minn. Agr. Exp. Sta.  Misc. Rep. 136.  100 p.

Grigal, D.F. 2000. Effects of extensive forest management on soil productivity. Forest Ecology and Management 138:167-185.

Powers, R.F., D.A. Scott, F.G. Sanchez, R.A. Voldseth, D. Page-Dumroese, J.D. Elioff and D.M. Stone. 2005. The North American long-term soil productivity experiment: Findings from the first decade of research. Forest Ecology and Management 220: 31-50.  OPTIONAL

Hydrology and Watersheds (Karwan)

Buttle, J. M. 2011. The effects of forest harvesting on forest hydrology and biogeochemistry.  In Forest Hydrology and Biogeochemistry (pp. 659-677). Springer Netherlands.

Wednesday August 2

Genetics (David)

David, A. Genetic Readings and Vocabulary.

Ledig, F.T. 1992. Human impacts on genetic diversity in forest ecosystems. Oikos, 63: 87-108.

Zobel, B., J. Talbert. 1984. Variation and its uses. In Applied Forest Tree Improvement (pp. 40-74). John Wiley & Sons.

Landscape Ecology (Knight)

Turner, M.G. 2005. Landscape ecology: what is the state of the science? Annual review of ecology, evolution, and systematics: 319-344.

Thursday August 3

Fire Ecology (Varner)

Agee, J.K. and C.N. Skinner. 2005. Basic principles of forest fuel reduction treatments. Forest Ecology and Management 211: 83-96.

Ryan, K.C., E.E. Knapp and J.M. Varner. 2013. Prescribed fire in North American forests and woodlands: history, current practice, and challenges. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (11): e15-e24.

Forest Ecology Wrap-up (Windmuller-Campione)



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Marcella Windmuller-Campione, Co-Director

Eli Sagor, Co-Director

Madison Rodman, Coordinator

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