Northern Forage and Range

Course Details
Course Code:
LAND 256


Calendar Description:
This course will describe the basic and physiology of growth, specific characteristics, ecology and management of domestic and native forage plants. Emphasis will be on domestic forage plants adapted to the north and northern range plant communities. Topics will include establishment, management and rejuvenation of domestic forage stands for hay, silage, pasture and seed, and; range site classification, description and management interpretations. The range condition and trend concept will be examined in light of recent disturbance and balance of nature discussions.

Total Hours: 45

LAND 115, LAND 230 and full-time enrollment in the Land and Resource Management program or consent of the instructor.


Course Content:
Outline the Basic Physiology of Growth
- Outline photosynthesis.
- Describe phenological stages and growth curves.
- Outline forage quality.

Describe Forage Species Adapted to Grow in Northern BC and Alberta
- Describe forage grasses.
- Describe forage legumes.
- Describe cereals for forage.
- Describe other forage plants.

Outline Forage Management Practices
- Describe forage establishment practices.
- Describe forage production management practices.
- Describe forage economics.

Describe Northern BC Range Types and Their Management
- Describe species and site characteristics of common types.
- Describe management practices for northern BC range types.

Describe Current Issues Associated with Range Management in Northern BC
- Describe some of the more prominent issues.
- Describe wildlife versus game populations.
- Describe range tenures and oil and gas development.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Outline the basic physiology of growth.
- Describe forage species adapted to grow in Northern BC and Alberta.
- Outline forage stand establishment and production practices and economics.
- Describe common range types in northern BC.
- Outline basic range management practices and practices specific to the sites described above.
- Outline range management issues associated with northern BC.

Grading System:

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Quizzes and Tests: 20 %
Assignments: 30 %
Project: 20 %

Other Programs:
Land & Resource Management Diploma