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Silviculture - the science of forest stand management

Silviculture applies forest ecology to manage forest stands with the aim to provide society with wood raw materials and other ecosystem goods and services. In this course, you will study how a range of silvicultural practices, including management of stand structure, composition, density, rotation length and site fertility affect forest development and ecosystem services (with emphasis on wood, carbon and water). After the course, you will be able to evaluate the scientific basis for current and emerging silvicultural practices such as continuous cover forestry, carbon forestry and mixed species forests. We place particular emphasis on learning the skills and tools needed for analysing forest stand management for sustainable provision of desired goods and services under different conditions, including changing climate and management objectives. Thus, the course will give you a sound foundation for decision-making and implementation. The course primarily focuses on boreal and temperate forests, but we will also use examples from tropical forests to discuss differences between forest types, site conditions, and consequences of climate change. We target students interested in careers in the forest industry, public sector, and research in forest science, forest ecology or soil science.

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The course evaluation is open between 2024-03-12 and 2024-04-02

Additional course evaluations for SG0272

Academic year 2022/2023

Silviculture - the science of forest stand management (SG0272-30188)

2023-01-16 - 2023-03-21

Academic year 2021/2022

Silviculture - the science of forest stand management (SG0272-30052)

2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Pretzsch H, 2009 Forest Dynamics, Growth and Yield, chap. 2, 6, 10 and 11 (Will provide on request)

Landsberg, J. and P. Sands. 2011. Physiological ecology of forest production: principles, processes and models. Terrestrial Ecology. Elsevier Chap. 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 (Will provide on request)

Pommerening, A. 2023. Continuous Cover Forestry: Theories, Concepts, and Implementation. Access for SLU students and staff:

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management - mastersprogramme Forest Science - Master'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: SG0272 Application code: SLU-30256 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest ecology and Management Pace: 100%