3-5: Forests and Deforestation

Importance of this Unit to the Course

Global forests are critical to the carbon balance as discussed in Block 1. They also are critical to soil erosion, land degredation, biofuels, and bio-materials as replacement for fossil sources, biodiversity, and susatinability as discussed in Block 3.


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information. ( Images )
  2. Take the Quiz over the summary information. (see your portfolio)
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)

Discussion (online / face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)

A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:

The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:

Additional Reading