Sustainable Management of Boreal Forests
The course targets students who are considering a professional career as forestry advisors, project leaders and management professionals for the Swedish and international markets. It also provides a solid background for PhD studies with the career trajectory of Research and Development within forest companies and agencies.
Information from the course leader
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However, all communication during the course will be on Canvas. You will get access to the Canvas page once you are registered on the course.
We are fortunate to have a main textbook that largely matches the course content:
Innes J.L. and Tikina A.V. 2017. Sustainable Forest Management. From concept to practice. Routledge, Taylor & Francis group. 395 p. ISBN: 978-1-84407-724-3 (pbk)
This is a recommended buy and also available as an E-book from the SLU library (personal account needed)
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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 SG0245
Academic year 2020/2021Sustainable Management of Boreal Forests (SG0245-M4004) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06
Academic year 2019/2020Sustainable Management of Boreal Forests (SG0245-40001) 2020-03-25 - 2020-06-07
SG0245 Sustainable Management of Boreal Forests, 15.0 CreditsSustainable Management of Boreal Forests
SubjectsBiology Forest science
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, other second-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1F)
Prior knowledgeThe equivalent of 120 credits at basic level including
- 60 credits in Forest science or
- 60 credits in Forest management or
- 60 credits in Biology or
- 60 credits in Soil science or
- 60 credits in Environmental sciences or
- 60 credits in Natural resource management or
- 60 credits in Natural geography
knowledge at advanced level
-15 credits Forest science or
-15 credits Biology or
-15 credits Soil science
ObjectivesUpon completion of the course, students should be able to evaluate different management approaches and their consequences for the provision of ecosystem services including climate change mitigation, risk prevention, clean water, wood raw material supply, social values, and cultural legacies. Moreover students should be able to, orally and in writing, discuss and communicate the trade-offs with reference to relevant research and scientific publications. A general objective is to develop student confidence and competence to argue ones opinion and provide well founded recommendations in different management settings.
After completion of the course, students should be able to:
• Compare and contrast the management approaches applied for different forest conditions across the boreal zone.
• Evaluate the purpose and functionality of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management and describe the process of forest certification standard development.
• Analyze and evaluate the efficacy of silvicultural programs and management strategies regarding wood raw material supply for different value chains.
• Account for and evaluate different planning and management approaches (e.g. adaptive management, zonation, multiple land use, and retention forestry) to promote long-term sustainability at the landscape scale.
• Assess forest management effects on carbon balance, greenhouse gas emission and climate change.
• Account for forest stand structure and composition effects on waterway ecosystem services and prescribe silvicultural measures to preserve water quality and quantity.
• Review and discuss alternative management approaches to preserve biodiversity based on current understanding of natural disturbance dynamics in boreal forests.
• Review management strategies and develop guidelines to handle key damaging biotic and abiotic agents (e.g. wind, frost, snow-brake, wild fire, antropogenic deposition) in boreal forests.
• Demonstrate ability to place management operations and silvicultural measures in a wider sustainable forest management (SFM) context.
ContentThis course emphasizes student- centered learning. Each course element is introduced with short lectures followed by compulsory individual or group assignments, which are submitted for examination. The course includes guest lectures, seminars, and workshops with professional managers and agency representatives, as well as case studies and group projects inspired by contemporary forestry issues. A study trip to Jämtland focusing on continuous cover forestry is also included. Towards the end of the course, special emphasis is placed on stakeholder interaction and personal communication skills. A student-led conference with student presentations and invited forestry representatives concludes the course.
Formats and requirements for examinationApproved participation in compulsory seminars and approved oral and written presentations.
- 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.
- 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 informationThis course is given within the Masters Program in Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management.
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 www.slu.se.
Responsible departmentDepartment of Forest Ecology and Management
Requirements to pass and grading principles
In order to pass this course all assignments (group and indivdual) need to be approved.
Your final grade will be the weighted average of 4-5 graded individual reports/presentations (Fail / 3.0 - 5.0 scale)
General grading criteria
Pass (=3): Deliver a readable/understandable complete solution (including literature references) within the given time frame
4: As above
+ a comprehensive and well structured solution with insightful use of references from literature and lectures
5: As above
+including personal reflection and synthesis placing thesubject matter in a wider SFM context
Details on grading criteria for individual assignments may be added by the responsible teachers