Natural Resources and Forest Technology

What you'll learn

Semester 1

MATH 195 Mathematics for Technologies

MATH 195 introduces students to the principles and practice of mathematics with application to technologies. Topics include number systems, algebraic concepts, analytic geometry, functions and graphs, and trigonometry. Instruction emphasizes topics and examples relevant to the technologies.
3 CR / (4,0)

NRFT 101 Indigenous Plants: Identification, Autoecology and Cultural Uses

Students learn to identify key indigenous plants in British Columbia, understand these plants’ autecology and the cultural uses for these plants associated with various First Nations and other groups. It also includes the indicator role these indigenous plants play in the classification of forest sites and other land management activities.

3 CR / (2,3)

NRFT 103 Introduction to Forests and Soils

The course is basic to an understanding of forest productivity and the side effects resulting from various forestry practices, with applications in silviculture, watershed man age ment, and engineering. Topics covered are landforms and soil formation, physical and chemical properties of soils, description of profiles, the Canadian System of Soil Classification, and basic principles of hydrology. Field exercise emphasizes sampling description and classification of soils.

3 CR / (3,2)

NRFT 105 Ornithology and Mammology

This course gives students knowledge about some of the birds and mammals that live in British Columbia and the habitat that sustains them. Along with studying some anatomy, physiology, reproductive, and behavioural characteristics of these species, the course focuses on learning how to correctly identify the various birds and mammals by their sound, appearance, coloration, and the type of habitat in which they are found. The course also studies the population status and current health of the environment in which these birds and mammals live.

3 CR / (2,3)

NRFT 107 Aerial Photography and Image Interpretation

This course provides students with an understanding of the photogrammetric practice and image interpretation in natural resource disciplines. Students learn basic photo geometry and photogrammetric measurements, mapping from aerial photographs, image interpretation, and applications of aerial photography in natural resource inventory. The applications of other remote sensing imagery will also be explored.

Prerequisite: Admission to NRES program or written permission of the instructor.
3 CR / (1,3)

NRFT 109 Introduction to Computers

This course provides an introduction to computing, using Windows-based computer applications. Natural resource industry applications using professional word processing, database management, spreadsheet, and presentation software will be the primary focus of this course.
1 CR / (0,3)

NRFT 111 Forest Measurements I

This field-oriented course introduces theory and practice of all aspects of forest measurements and surveying. Students receive a thorough exposure to timber cruising and basic surveying instruments.
4 CR / (2,4)

Semester 2

ABST 100 An Introduction to the World View of First Nations People

This course has been designed through an extensive collaborative effort on the part of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, and CNC. The teaching and learning styles it promotes are those indigenous to First Nations cultures. The content is a blend of academic information and perspectives with those of the First Nations people. It is a research-driven format that demands a blend of library, classroom (learning circle format), and fieldwork learning framed by a firm belief in the experiential process.
3 CR / (3,0)

ENGL 103 Composition and Style

A study of grammar, composition, and style. A vigorous program of essay-writing plus a variety of writing assignments or exercises dealing with specific problems in essay writing. Strongly recommended for students who wish to improve their writing skills.
3 CR / (3,0)

NRFT 121 Silvics and Dendrology

Students learn to identify all coniferous and broad-leaved trees native to British Columbia, and their silvical, ecological, and physiological characteristics.

Pre-requisite: NRFT 202
3 CR / (2,2)

NRFT 123 Fire Management

The principal emphasis in this course is on wildfire control. Successful control of wildfire encompasses four areas of action, including fire prevention, detection, pre-suppression, and suppression activities. Successful students will know their responsibilities under the Forest Practices Code Act and related regulations. Suppression instruction focuses on initial attack, including fire assessment, reporting, forecasting behaviour, determining tactics, and equipment needs. Students can document their plans and actions. Students successfully completing this course will meet basic certification standards for forestry workers. Fire safety will be stressed throughout this course.
3 CR / (2,2)

NRFT 125 Introduction to Earth Sciences

This course provides the student with a working knowledge of the important geologic processes that created the various landforms in British Columbia. Students learn to recognize various landforms common to BC. Students also learn to identify various rocks and minerals common to BC and understand the important economic role certain rocks and minerals deposits play in the maintenance of a healthy mining industry in BC.

3 CR / (2,2)

NRFT 127 Geomatics and Cartography

Geomatics involves the gathering, storing, processing and delivering of geographic information. This type of information is critical for effective resource analysis to achieve resource management goals. This course provides students with skills in field data collection, mapping, and map interpretation. Topics include cartographic principles, map projections, co-ordinate system, global positioning system (GPS), mapping, and the evaluation and interpretation of maps. The field data sets and resource management activities in other program studies are used for mapping projects.

Co-requisite: NRFT 131
2 CR / (1,3)

NRFT 131 Forest Measurements II

A continuation of Forest Measurements I (FOR 161), this course emphasizes statistics. The intent of the course is to provide students with sufficient knowledge and field training to sample the forest resource to the standards established by the BC Forest Service. It is strongly recommended that FOR 162 and 176 be taken concurrently.

Prerequisites: NRFT 111, Math 195
3 CR / (3,4)

NRFT 202 Forest Ecology

This course provides an introduction to the ecosystem concept, energy biomass and nutrient cycling, the physical environment, population and community ecology, and ecological succession. It also introduces the biogeoclimatic classification of BC and examples of Central Interior ecosystems.

Prerequisites: NRFT101, NRFT103 with a minimumgrade of "C".
Co-requisite: NRFT 121
3 CR / (3,2)

Semester 3

ENGL 229 Professional Business and Technical Communication

This course includes both the theory and practice of writing for the workplace. Students will first learn the rules and guidelines of professional communication and then move beyond them, investigating the underlying theory, ethics and social factors that contribute to the challenges of work writing. This course introduces strategies for communicating effectively to a variety of audiences in a variety of workplace genres.

Students work both individually and in collaboration, completing both written and oral projects that are relevant to their professional goals and the requirements of the business, technical, and professional communities.

Prerequisites: ENGL 103
Prerequisites for Natural Resource and Forestry Technology (NRFT) students: ENGL 103 and completion of first-year NRFT program
3 CR / (3,0)

NRFT 201 Natural Resources Policy and Practice

This course covers the history and legal basis for natural resource management of Crown forest land in British Columbia. Emphasis is placed on the Forest Act and Forest and Range Practices Act, Land Act, Oil and Gas Activities Act, Mines Act and related Provincial and Federal Acts and their associated regulations. Inventory, biodiversity, and planning concepts are introduced.

Prerequisite: Completion of first-year program
3 CR / (3,2)

NRFT 203 Supervisory Skills

Students in this course develop group management skills for successful workplace relationships with superiors, peers and subordinates. This course promotes communication, teamwork and leadership skills for application in group and supervisory situations. Topics covered will include group communication and dynamics, leadership styles, motivation, conflict resolution and work ethics.

Prerequisite: Completion of first-year program
2 CR / (0,2)

NRFT 205 Habitat Management

This course gives Forest Technology students an understanding of the diversity of native fish and wildlife in North Central BC and the range of habitats used. The course focuses on forest biodiversity, with emphasis on the role of fish and wildlife in a healthy forest. Students also study forest practices and management techniques that seek to harmonize biodiversity objectives with forest activities.

Prerequisite: Completion of first-year program
3 CR / (2,2)

NRFT 207 Silviculture I

Silviculture is the application of basic tree biology and forest ecology to the growing, harvesting, and regeneration of trees. The participants in this course will apply their knowledge of forest soils, forest ecology, photo interpretation, silvics, and forest measurements with an aim to developing strategies for forest regeneration success.

Studies focus on the application of ecological description and classification, determination of site potential and limitation, and management of forest cover to meet a defined objective.

Prerequisite: Completion of first-year program
3 CR / (3,3)

NRFT 209 Natural Resources Seminar I

This course consists of a series of seminars covering a wide range of topics dealing with current environmental and stewardship issues impacting natural resource management. As part of the course, students gain experience in researching, documenting, and analyzing information and data associated with these current environmental and stewardship issues.

Prerequisite: Completion of first-year program
2 CR / (2,0)

NRFT 211 Forest Measurements III

This course introduces students to the BC Metric Log Scaling and Grading system, weight scale sampling, Ministry of Forests cyclic billing practices, and residue and waste assessment. It also covers the practical application of timber cruising in compliance with the BC Forest Service Cruising Manual. Students use field data taken from a first-year operational timber cruise and compile the data into a comprehensive cruise report by using the manual method to provide an understanding of the compilation procedure, and also by using computer software.

Prerequisite: Completion of first-year program
2 CR / (1,3)

NRFT 213 Forest Engineering I

This course provides the student with a basic knowledge of forest engineering practice in the field of forest road design, construction, maintenance, and deactivation. Other topics include soil classification, watershed assessment, survey and design of drainage structure, and Forest and Range Act and associated regulations. Emphasis is placed on field procedures and microcomputer design applications.

Prerequisite: Completion of first-year program
3 CR / (3,3)

Semester 4

ENGL 252 Technical Communications for Forest Technology

This course builds upon the skills introduced in ENGL 195 and ENGL 196 and introduces the student to writing tasks that are more closely related to real-world working situations and controversies. Topics covered include medium length reports, integration of research with personal experience, and persuasive speaking and writing.

Prerequisites: ENGL 103 and ENGL 229
3 CR / (3,0)

NRFT 221 Natural Resources Finance

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of business and finance related to natural resource land management. Topics include business ownership, methods of financing businesses, financial statements and analysis, loans and interest calculations, break-even analysis, resource valuation and contract administration.

Prerequisite: Completion of first-year program
3 CR / (2,2)

NRFT 223 Forest Health

This course examines the role of forest health factors in ecosystem structure and function and their impacts on forest resources and values. Identification, recognition, impacts,ecological role, economic importance and evaluation/management techniques for provincially significant diseases, insects, mammal damage, and abiotic injuries are studied.

Prerequisite: NRFT 202
3 CR / (2,2)

NRFT 225 Geographic Information Systems

This course provides an introduction to the major concepts in Geographic Information System (GIS). Emphasis is given to the processes involved in the operation of GIS software and the development and maintenance of the requisite databases. Topics include geo-referencing, data acquisition and input, data analysis and processing, and data output. Laboratory exercises will complement the theory presented in the lectures.

Prerequisite: Completion of all courses from semesters 1–3
2 CR / (1,3)

NRFT 227 Silviculture II

Continuing with the aim to develop strategies for forest regeneration success, this course begins with studies on methods of forest establishment starting with site preparation then moving on to aspects of seed collection, tree improvement and nursery practices. Planting and stand tending are studied insofar as they support basic silviculture practices and the successful establishment of a forest.

Silviculture prescriptions will be outlined and milestone surveys will be studied. Students will be able to establish silviculture survey plots and determine basic free growing outcomes to a provincial standard.

Prerequisite: NRFT 207
3 CR / (4,2)

NRFT 229 Natural Resources Seminar II

This course consists of a series of seminars covering a wide range of topics dealing with the role various groups and organizations have with influencing and resolving important resource management issues in BC. The course will explore how these groups and organizations approach various natural resource management issues and what mechanisms are available to help these groups and organizations interact. This course is intended to enhance participants’ ability to contribute constructively to natural resource discussion and practice.

Prerequisites:NRFT 209, NRFT 203
2 CR / (2,0)

NRFT 233 Forest Engineering II

This course provides the student with an introduction to the common harvesting systems and methods used in British Columbia. Topics include the principles of sustainable development in forest practice, evaluation of site and recommendation of harvesting system, harvesting planning, harvesting budget, log transportation, and safety management.

Prerequisite: NRFT 213
3 CR / (3,3)

NRFT 251 Applied Research Project

This course satisfies the applied research project requirements of the Canadian National Technology Accreditation Board for the Natural Resources and Environmental Technology program. Students undertake an exercise in basic applied research, developing a hypothesis, collecting data to test the hypothesis, completing an analysis and finally drawing conclusions. Real world situations will be explored with a focus on natural resources.

Prerequisite: Completion of all courses from semesters 1–3
1 CR / (0,3)

NRFT 261 Extended Natural Resources Field Studies

This course is an intensive seven-day set of field exercises in which students are exposed to a range of natural resource practices and activities in different parts of BC from the interior to the BC lower coast. Field activities involve exercises, observation, and analysis of research facilities, forestry operations and manufacturing facilities.

Prerequisite: Completion of all courses from semesters 1–3
1 CR/ (0,3.2)


NRFT 291 Natural Resource Field School and Cultural Exchange (optional)

This course provides an opportunity to observe natural and managed, forested and non-forested ecosystems in an international setting. Seminar topics will include an overview of natural resources, forest ecosystem management, and how the host country balances stakeholders’ demands with maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem health. Students will have an opportunity to compare and contrast the host country’s forest land management practices with practices in British Columbia. Seminars on the host country’s culture and history and participation in a variety of socio-cultural activities will also occur.

Prerequisite: 6 credits of NRFT courses or 6 credits of University Transfer science courses, with 3 of those credits from BIO 103 or 104 or 107 or 120 or GEOG 201 or 202 with a minimum 2.0 GPA in the preceding fall term as a full time student.
3 CR/ (0,6)

Natural Resources and Forest Technology

  • Credential: Diploma
  • Type: Full-time
  • Length: 2 years
  • Campus: Prince George
  • Fees: $11,070
These fees are an estimate.