Anthropology of Forest Environments

Yozo YAMADA Associate Professor

Department: School of Agricultural Sciences / Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences

Class Time: 2011 Fall Thursday
Recommended for: Agriculture sophomores majoring in Bioenvironmental Sciences 3rd year students

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Course Overview

The aims of this lecture are to overview the anthrotopes human society has, throughout history, created in conjunction with the natural environment and ecosystem; and then holistically consider, from the viewpoint of the human side, how we can create a harmonious coexistence between ecosystem and human society, and a balance between environment conservation and resource use. In this lecture you will study the historical changes of the relationship between forests and human beings, and develop a deeper understanding of the viewpoint on forests, which is easily influenced by short-sighted economic principles, from the viewpoint of environmental ethics.

Moreover, you will gain the basic knowledge necessary for realizing a sustainable, coexisting society, by using current scientific knowledge for utilization of environmental resources from the perspective of the human factor, and at the same time acquire the philosophy and concepts of forest management.

Key Features

Unfortunately, this is a lecture concerning forest management and utilization in which most of the Bioenvironmental Sciences third grade students express little interest, so I am teaching by trial and error every year in order to increase interest, introducing new knowledge every year to maintain freshness. In this lecture, I sort out the present conditions and topics of forest management and utilization, giving consideration to the circulation of the progress of current research. I hope that, through this lecture, every student will acquire not only knowledge indispensable in jobs concerning forests, but also the sense of how forests should be treated.

1. In order that this does not become a one-way lecture, the following points should be kept in mind:

  • There are practice exercises every lecture in which all students must participate.
  • Students should study in advance for the next lesson using the textbook.
  • Changing from a one-way lesson that simply enumerates knowledge, to a vital lecture which makes students think.
  • Students have the chance to express their own opinions.
  • There are debates at least once a semester.

2. I perform the following, in order for students to become interested in the lecture:

  • Using visual aids such as DVDs and photographs, so that students will feel closer to the topic.
  • Giving examples related to the lecture, so that it does not become monotonous.
  • Narrowing the themes in one lecture in order for students to acquire deeper knowledge through a combination of preparation, lecture and review.
  • Handouts will be given out, but these do not cover all slides of the power points used in the lecture.
  • Students must therefore take notes.
  • Important points will always be written on the blackboard.
  • Students must sometimes answer questions in class.
  • Students are evaluated by the final examination.

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Lecture Contents

  • Current Condition of Japanese Forestry
  • Economic Principles and Forest Management
  • Preparing Road Networks in Forests
  • Selection of Forest Machinery from the Consideration of Productivity
  • Selection of Forest Machinery from the Consideration of Cost
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Thinning
  • Forest Biomass
  • Consideration for the Environment
  • Human Factors
  • Safe and Comfortable Working Conditions
  • Estimation and Improvement
  • Forest Planning and Zoning
  • Philosophy of Forest Management


Functions of Forest, Coexistence with Forest, Sustainable Forest Management, Philosophy of Forest Management, Human Factors


Philosophy and Technology of Forest Management

Course Schedule

Session Contents
1 Current Condition of Japanese Forestry
2 Economic Principles and Forest Management
3Preparing Road Networks in Forests
4Selection of Forest Machinery from the Consideration of Productivity
5Selection of Forest Machinery from the Consideration of Cost
6Supply Chain Management
8Forest Biomass
9Consideration for the Environment
10Human Factors
11Safe and Comfortable Working Conditions
12Estimation and Improvement
13Forest Planning and Zoning
14Philosophy of Forest Management
15Summary / Examination


Attendance (20%), Exam (80%)

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Lecture Handouts

Forest Biomass (PDF, 1046KB)

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Page last updated April 1, 2011

The class contents were most recently updated on the date indicated. Please be aware that there may be some changes between the most recent year and the current page.

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