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  • Locations: Palencia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/30/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/03/2018 09/14/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Overview

Forests worldwide have been managed for a wide diversity of ecosystem services that are dictated by local society's needs; superimposed on those needs are a cultural, historical, political and biophysical context. An international perspective on forest management strategies provides keener insight into alternative ways of managing for specific resources, and ways to balance the demands for a complex array of ecosystem services. This study abroad experience explores the many styles of management for an unusually diverse range of forest types and ecosystem services that are typical of Spain. Spain´s forestry was already established in the middle ages and many lessons can be obtained with critical analyses of such a long period. Spain is characterized by a unique combination of Mediterranean and maritime forest types that are vulnerable to wide annual climatic fluctuations and potential future climatic shifts.

This 12-day, 6-credit program is led by faculty from OSU and University of Valladolid in Palencia, Spain. On daily field trips, we will explore diverse Spanish forest ecosystem types, the resources and objectives for which they are managed, and global pressures that affect management decisions. Students will interact with local families through homestays, and with University of Valladolid students. You will have free time to explore Palencia and the surrounding area. Check out the 2014 Spain Newsletter for more information about the trip!

Click here to visit the College of Forestry's webpage about this program.
 

Areas of Study

Students will enroll in FOR 499: Forest Resources Management in Spain (6 credits) or FOR 599: Forest Resources Management in Spain (3 credits)

Learning outcomes include:
  • To understand the cultural, political, and biophysical context of managing forest resources in Spain;
  • To understand the importance of the historical background on forestry in Europe;
  • To learn about the diversity of objectives and resources for which forests are managed in Spain;
  • To explore management techniques applied to achieve objectives established for the diverse forest types of Spain; and
  • To gain insight into the connection between resource values, management approaches, national culture, and global pressures
 

Requirements

This Program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining an international perspective on forest ecosystems and the resources and objectives for which they are managed.
 
  • At least sophomore class standing
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA or permission of instructor
  • Physical requirements include extensive walking
 

Cost Estimates

To be determined.
 

Additional Info

The Program Leader is Doug Maguire

For more information, please feel free to contact the Program Leader and visit: College of Forestry’s Faculty-led Programs.