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Silviculture, Forest Management Planning and Forest Health

In this course you will learn about standdynamics in evenaged and unevenaged stands, effect of silvicultural measures on growth and developement of trees and stands and how these measures can be designed to achieve certain goals. Exercises and excursions in the field will give you knowledge and skills in natural regeneration, plant production in nurseries, single-tree selection, stand inventory, assessment of forest damage, etc. During the course you will also complete a forest management plan for a small forest estate. This work includes meeting with the forest owner, field inventory, analysis of the forest condition, and suggestion for the management for the coming 10 years. You will during the course develop your knowledge and skills in forest damage assessment and damage agents, both biotic (insects, fungi, wildlife) and abiotic (wind, snow, fire, etc.), and how they can be affected by silviculture and forest management planning.

Welcome to course!

Because of Corona the course will partly be based on distance teaching regarding lectures and presentations. In the schedule you can see when you have to be in Umeå. The first day at campus will be Wednesday september 8. Field excursions, computer exercises and inventory for the Forest Management Plan ( field week 21/9 to 24/9) will be done in smaller groups and campus based.

The course starts at monday 30/8 at 9:15 on Zoom.

Meeting URL:

Meeting ID:

644 1131 4863



Register on course as soon as possible. All information about schdule, exercises, litterature will be on Canvas.

About the Forest management Planning see email you recived about choice of forest estate.

Please contact us if you have questions. Looking forward to see you, both on zoom and in the field!

Torgny Lind or Gustaf Egnell

The course evaluation is not yet activated

The course evaluation is open between 2021-10-25 and 2021-11-15

Additional course evaluations for SG0230

Academic year 2021/2022

Silviculture, Forest Management Planning and Forest Health (SG0230-M1046) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Silviculture, Forest Management Planning and Forest Health (SG0230-10011) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Silviculture, Forest Management Planning and Forest Health (SG0230-10020) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2019/2020

Silviculture, Forest Management Planning and Forest Health (SG0230-10021) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Silviculture, Forest Management Planning and Forest Health (SG0230-10097) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

SG0230 Silviculture, Forest Management Planning and Forest Health, 15.0 Credits

Skogens skötsel, planering och hälsa

Syllabus approved



Forest science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Forest Management plan 5.00 1002
Silviculture 10.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge at basic level equivalent to
- 60 credits in Forest Science or
- 60 credits in Biology
- English 5


The aim of the course is to offer the student knowledge and understanding as well as practical skills in designing silvicultiural measures and to produce a forest management plan for a sustainable forest estate considering risks of forest damage and other land use.
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
- Account for production and supply of seed and seedling material for common tree species.
- Describe and explain establishment, growth and competition of seedlings, trees, and stands in multilayered and single-layered stands and how these processes are affected by silviculture.
- Define structure of different forest growth models and how these models are used for simulation of stand development and evaluation of silvicultural measures.
- Explain how abiotic and biotic forest damage are affected by silviculture and forest management planning and suggest measures to handle risks of forest damage.
- Compare and suggest design of silvicultural measures based on forestry focus and aim and other land use.
- Make a forest inventory and assess quality of the obtained data.
- Create a forest management plan for sustainable use on a minor forest estate based on the owner’s goals and present arguments for suggested measures from ecological, technical and silvicultural perspective.
- In English, discuss and reflect on forestry principles and how silvicultural measures affect sustainable forestry.


Theory and practice are combined in literature studies lectures, seminars, written assignments, exercises both in the field and in the computerlabs using software for growth and yield model simulations, and field excursions. During field exercises the student is trained in evalautnig and suggesting approriate silvicultural and planning measures, including damage risk assessment. Field exercies and field excursions are important parts of the course to train the students’ practical skills. Forest health issues, both abiotic and biotic damage, are integrated in both theory and practice and related to silviculture and management planning. One specific skill include creating a forest management plan. Compulsory exercises as well as seminars occur.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written examination, approved written assignments, approved oral presentations and approved active participation in compulsory exercises and seminars.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses
cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further
strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are
welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead
to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage

Responsible department

Department of Forest Ecology and Management
Cooperating departments:
Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
Department of Forest Resource Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Replaces: SG0169, SG0157
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Forest science
Course code: SG0230 Application code: SLU-10046 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Ecology and Management Pace: 100%