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Silviculture of Temperate Forests

The students will be presented with contrasting paradigms and silvicultural practices. These include even-aged plantation forestry, continuous cover forestry, close-to-nature forestry, multifunctional forestry, forestry for high-quality timber production, urban forestry, restoration forestry and historical management approaches.

The course emphasizes objective-oriented silviculture based on ecological principles and scientific knowledge derived from long-term field experiments and other empirical investigations. Management alternatives for selected tree species will be used to illustrate and discuss major principles and practices of silviculture.

The curriculum includes the following topics:

  • Brief overview of temperate forest ecosystems, including site types, forest types and major tree species.

  • Silviculture as a means of achieving management objectives and as a basis for sustainable forest management.

  • The silvicultural practices of regeneration, tending and harvesting.

  • Forest production principles and forest productivity.

  • Forest regeneration and afforestation.

  • Managing forest productivity, stand density and wood quality.

  • Silvicultural practices of regeneration, tending and harvesting for major temperate forest types and tree species in Europe. These include relevant conifer species of Abies, Chamaecyparis, Larix, Picea, Pinus, Pseudotsuga, Taxus, Thuja and Tsuga, and relevant hardwood species of Acer, Alnus, Betula, Carpinus, Castanea, Fagus, Fraxinus, Juglans, Malus, Populus, Pyrus, Prunus, Quercus, Robinia, Sorbus, Tilia and Ulmus.

  • Silvicultural systems in a contemporary context.

  • Site mapping for site-specific silviculture.

  • Silviculture for special sites, including mountain slopes, wetlands, heathlands, inland sands, coastal dune fields and land reclamation sites.

  • The protective functions of forests (erosion, water, deadwood, biodiversity, cultural remains, amenity values).

  • Managing mammal damage to forest trees.

  • Managing forest health (biotic and abiotic factors, climate change).

  • Silvicultural practices for biodiversity conservation.

  • Forest aesthetics and recreation.

  • Layout and design of managed forests.

To further student learning and promote discussion, a variety of methods are used: Lectures, literature studies, exercises, written exercises, (written) assignments, laboratory sessions, project work, seminars, study visits, study trips, field exercises, excursions, proficiency training, presentations

Group work during the course includes practical field exercises and the preparation and presentation of silvicultural profiles for selected tree species. The field exercises include data collection in the forest, subsequent analyses, reporting and presentation. The species profiles should be compiled and presented as a power-point presentation.

The literature includes selected scientific papers, extracts from international textbooks, lecture notes and notes for field trips.

The course focuses on the following generic competencies:

Information competence, critical thinking and reflection, problem solving, scientific methods, use of technology, oral and written communication, teamwork.

The following course components are compulsory: The study trips, excursions, individual and group assignments as well as exercises and seminars.

Syllabus and other information

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Euroforester (MSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forestry Science
Course code: SV0059 Application code: SLU-10316 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%