Cancelled for FALL 2000

RLEM 603

Credits 3 (3-0)

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Management of range and forest watersheds, with emphasis on the influence of range and forest practices on runoff, interception, infiltration, erosion and water quality.


  1. To acquire an understanding of the hydrologic cycle and its components with special emphasis on the role of vegetation and land-use factors.
  2. To understand the impacts of range and forest practices on water quality and quantity as a basis for land use decisions.
Robert W. Knight 
Office - ANIN 203B 845-5557 
Home - 690-6270 (before 10:00 p.m.) 
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The completed course work will be weighed as follows for determining the final grade:
Two exams 67%
Term paper 33%
Class participation, attitude and homework will be used in determining borderline grades.

A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 60 - 69
F 59 - Below

No assigned text. Required readings will be distributed in class and made available at the Reed McDonald Copy Center.

RLEM 603
Range and Forest Watershed Management

Topic Outline

I. Introduction

A. Definitions
B. Hydrologic Cycle
C. Historical Development
D. Importance, Distribution and Problems (Readings)
E. Water Law (Readings)

II. Hydrologic Cycle - Overview of Processes, Measurement and Analysis of:

A. General Atmosphere Circulation
B. Precipitation
C. Interception (Readings)
D. Evapotranspiration (Readings)
E. Infiltration (Readings)
F. Runoff

III. Erosion - Overview of Processes, Measurement and Analysis of:

A. Surface (Readings)
B. Mass Movement
C. Channel

IV. Hydrologic Models (Readings)

IV. Influence of Vegetation Manipulation on Water Yield

A. Forestland (Readings)
B. Rangeland (Readings)

V. Water Quality Criteria

A. Physical Parameters
B. Chemical Parameters
C. Biological

VI. Impacts of Land Management Practices on Water Quality

A. Forest - Roads, Logging, Planting (Readings)
B. Range - Grazing, Improvement Practices (Readings)
C. Recreation and Urbanization


Fall 1999

Dates and Deadlines

Exam Schedule:

Exam 1 - October 14, Thursday

Exam 2 - December 10, 3:00 - 5:00, Friday

Term Paper:

September 23 - Proposed title, one paragraph description of paper and 10 references

November 17 - Final paper due by 5:00pm

November 18, 23, 30, December 2, 7 - Paper presentations

Field Trip:

November 5, Friday afternoon, 12:00 to 5:30, to Riesel ARS watershed research center

Class Holidays:

November 9, 11 - Research review trip to Nicaragua

November 25 - Thanksgiving

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