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Course Code: EDMG564 Course ID: 4846 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

A new normal is now present with respect to wildland fire occurrence. Mega-drought, depleted water resources, climate change-enabled forest insect infestations, reduced snowpack, and related impacts have resulted in earlier, more prolonged, and more deadly fire seasons in America’s natural wilderness regions. Mitigation of and adaptation to this new normal are important features of protecting the public that students, practitioners, and public officials must be aware of in order to effectively discharge their respective duties. This course will make current and future public officials aware of the challenge, the urgency of action, the opportunities available, and the leadership & management skills needed to guide society during this increasingly critical threat situation.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • CO-1: Examine the role of fire in the natural ecosystem and the various perspectives that can be used to approach the issues involved
  • CO-2: Evaluate potential public policy actions that could be utilized to mitigate the impact of wildfire disasters on America’s natural wilderness and rural residential communities
  • CO-3: Analyze a historical wildland fire event through the lens of modern theory and operations, and provide recommendations with respect to how that fire could have been managed more effectively
  • CO-4: Create planning and response strategies given that would protect natural wilderness and the public from wildland fire

Reading/Writing Assignments: Papers will be graded using the APUS graduate rubric, with attention paid to comprehension, depth of knowledge, and clear expression of ideas and arguments. Additionally, adherence to APA conventions will be required.

Forum Assignments: To achieve full credit for a forum, one must: create an original post; respond to a minimum of two classmates; and respond to everyone who responded to you. Posts must be thoughtful and responses helpful in a way that enhances understanding of the topics and issues.

Student Evaluations: Student will be evaluated based on 80% written assignments and 20% forums. Details are available in the classroom.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Introductions 1.00 %
Supplemental Resource 1.00 %
Forum 2-3: This was my Inspiration 6.00 %
Forum 4-5: It happened to someone I know 6.00 %
Forum 7-8: Lessons learned 6.00 %
Assignments 80.00 %
Assignment One: The Meaning of Fire 9.60 %
Assignment Two: Mitigation & Control 9.60 %
Assignment Three: Field Guide 9.60 %
Assignment Four: Soil & Water 9.60 %
Assignment Five: Effects of Drought 9.60 %
Assignment Six: Economics & Budgets 9.60 %
Assignment Seven-Eight: Case Study Research Paper 22.40 %

Required Course Textbooks

USDA: (2016). Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis. Available at

US Government. (2014). 2014 Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide. Available at:

US Government. (2014). Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Effects of Fire on Soil and Water. Available at:

US Government. (2014). Wildland Fire Management Program Benefit-Cost Analysis. Available at:

** PLUS **

One resource from the approved bibliography at the end of the syllabus.

Additional Resources

Pertinent TED talks and other multimedia material will be a component of this class.

Book Title:Tending Fire: Coping With America's Wildland Fires - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Island Press
Author:Stephen Pyne
Unit Cost:$31.40
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.