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Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden

The main objective is that students should get an understanding of why modern forestry is conducted as it is, in relation to silvicultural research, nature conservation issues, societal needs, current forest technology and the wood market. The course contains two major parts, silviculture and forest ecology.

The course starts with a module where forest production and management is discussed on the basis of ecophysiological processes and correlations, to obtain an in-depth understanding of how forest production could be measured, estimated and modelled. The next module focuses on how forest ecosystems and management systems could be evaluated with regard to ecological resilience or economy. Differences regarding stand dynamics, succession and biodiversity will also be discussed. The third and main module of the course takes on issues of regeneration, stand development and production from four perspectives; clearcut management, continuous cover forestry, management in mixed forests and multiple use forestry.

Students engage in different learning activities including lectures, seminars, individual assignments group works, exercises and excursions. Statistical data treatment and analysis will be performed with supervision from teacher and on an introductory level. For many of the students, both Swedish and international, the course is the first on master level and the first course held in English, why some emphasis in teacher response will be on increasing the skills in presentations in written and spoken English.

Representatives from authorities and practical forestry in southern Sweden are invited to speak about urgent matters in forestry and about their view on future threats and opportunities. Thanks to the international student group, comparisons and discussions about differences and similarities in forestry between countries are frequent and constantly brought up during the course. Mandatory in the course is a field trip to two of the forest research units in southern Sweden.

Information from the course leader

Welcome to apply for the course autumn 2023! Detailed schedule and literature list will be available later. The two mandatory forest excursions will be 11-15 September and 9-12 October. During this time the students will stay together in rented cabins and hostels. Cars and accommodation is booked by the course leader. The other weeks are campus based (Alnarp).

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

SG0231-10130 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for SG0231

Academic year 2022/2023

Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden (SG0231-10196)

2022-08-29 - 2022-10-31

Academic year 2021/2022

Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden (SG0231-10089)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden (SG0231-10020)

2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden (SG0231-10166)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden (SG0231-10089)

2018-09-03 - 2018-11-11

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Course literature, Sustainable forestry in southern Sweden 2023

Books or book chapters, available online through SLU library or online on link:

Title: Growing plantation forestry


Author: P.W. West

ISBN: 9783319018263

Note: Selected chapters and sections

OpenIntro Statistics. Online pdf.

David Diez, Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel and Christopher Barr. Selected chapters in combination with R labs.

*Alternative for those who want to buy a book: *

Title: Statistics: An Introduction using R


Author: R. Crawley

ISBN: 9781118941119 (ebook)

Note: Selected sections in combination with R labs.

Literature available as pdf in Canvas, first listed thematically, then in a reference list

Introduction to Swedish forestry and forest history

Swedish Forest Agency report 2020/4. Forest management in Sweden. Current practice and historical background.

Sustainable development and Climate Change

Larsen et al. Closer to Nature Forest Management

Rist et al. Applying resilience thinking to production ecosystems 2014

Felton et al. How climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies can threaten or enhance the biodiversity of production forests: Insights from Sweden 2016

Achim et al. The changing culture of silviculture 2021

Nagel et al. Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: A National Experiment in Manager-Scientist Partnerships to Apply an Adaptation Framework

Bravo et al. Book chapter: A Mechanistic View of the Capacity of Forests to Cope with Climate Change. In the book Managing Forest Ecosystems: The Challenge of Climate Change. Managing Forest Ecosystems, vol 17. Springer, Dordrecht.

Growth & Yield

West Resources: chapter 1-2, Growth: chapter 3-4, Competition: chapter 7-8.

Bergh et al. The effect of water and nutrient availability on the productivity of Norway spruce in northern and southern Sweden 1999

Skovsgaard et al. Forest site productivity: a review of the evolution of dendrometric concepts for even-aged stands 2008

Hennigar et al. Development and evaluation of a biomass increment based index for site productivity 2017

Silviculture and Forest Conservation

West chapter 5-8, 13+14

Mixed forest

Kelty Compare productivity of monocultures and mixed-species stands 1992. Chapter 1+8

Schulze et al. Management breaks the natural productivity-biodiversity relationship in forests and grassland: an opinion 2018

17 The Functional Significance of Forest Diversity: a Synthesis. Scherer-Lorenzen et al. Chapter 17,

Continuous cover forestry

Pommerening et al. A review of the history, definitions and methods of continuous cover forestry with special attention to afforestation and restocking 2004

Lundqvist Tamm Review: Selection system reduces long-term volume growth in Fennoscandic uneven-aged Norway spruce forests 2017

Mason et al. Continuous cover forestry in Europe: usage and the knowledge gaps and challenges to wider adoption 2021

Kuuluvainen et al. Natural Disturbance-Based Forest Management: Moving Beyond Retention and Continuous-Cover Forestry 2021,

Lula et al. Modelling effects of regeneration method on the growth and profitability of Scots pine stands 2021

Multiuse forestry

Potschin et al. Ecosystem services:Exploring a geographical perspective 2011

Betts et al. Producing wood at least cost to biodiversity: integrating Triad and sharing–sparing approaches to inform forest landscape management 2021

Forest conservation

Gustafsson et al. Retention as an integrated biodiversity conservation approach for continuous-cover forestry in Europe 2020

Petersson et al. Tree species impact on understory vegetation: Vascular plant communities of Scots pine and Norway spruce managed stands in northern Europe 2019

Kuuluvainen Forest Management and Biodiversity Conservation Based on Natural Ecosystem Dynamics in Northern Europe: The Complexity Challenge 2009

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Euroforester - Master's Programme Forest Science - Master's Programme Forest Management - Bachelor's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forest Science Biology
Course code: SG0231 Application code: SLU-10130 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%