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.)
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:
Compare and contrast current deforestation in the tropics with 18th Century deforestation in Europe and 19th Century deforestation in North America. What would be the consequences: of 21st Century deforestation of Boreal forests?