Demand for wildland firefighters is expected to grow in response to more intense and frequent wildfires, particularly at the urban-wildland interface. The U.S. Forest Service spends over $1 billion annually with 47 million homes at “high risk” of loss from wildfire. The development of this minor is a direct response to this need with entry-level firefighters earning ~$40,000 during a six-month fire season.
Paul Smith’s College has a long history of training wildland firefighters dating back to the late 1940s.This includes both formal courses dedicated to wildland firefighting and informal relationships with organizations such as NY Department of Environmental Conservation and the US Forest Service. This minor formalizes our relationship with DEC and includes their commitment to offer S-130 and S-190 to students taking FOR 360 as part of the Wildland Firefighting minor. Successful completion of S-130 and S-190 result in the student being issued a “red card”, the basic credential needed to be on a fire crew.
The goal of this minor is to give students both the hard skills related to wildland firefighting, and the ecological and technological underpinnings to enter wildland firefighting careers.
This course will introduce fundamental principles and concepts of remote sensing, and explore its applications specific to the environment and natural resource management. The course provides students with the basic theory to understand how and why remote sensing works, followed by a survey of remotely sensed data such as point clouds and imagery obtained from various platforms and portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. We will explore and obtain hands-on experience with how remotely sensed information can be used for applications such as land cover classification and wildfire mapping. Students will learn how to identify, obtain, process and interpret the appropriate remotely sensed data for various applications.
(2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Completes General Education Requirements:QP-l, AR-l.
GIS 350 Lab
Note: FOR 206 is a summer forestry block course.