Sustainable forestry in southern Sweden

Senast ändrad: 18 oktober 2021

This master’s course focuses on forest management and forest ecology in managed stands. During the nine weeks of the course we will investigate and discuss how sustainable development are/can be implemented in today’s forestry practice, both at the theoretical and applied level. The course gives you the possibility to switch from an instrumental-guideline-oriented approach to objective-driven management with high adaptive capacity. In the course we cover the plantation forestry of today, as well as forest management with continuous cover methods, mixed forest and retention tree practises.

Two weeks are outdoors, where we visit forests and forest experiments in Halland and Småland. We will travel together, with transport and accommodation organized and financially covered by the course. During the field weeks we will have a day together with Sveaskog and visit their ecoparks, and a day in the National park Norra Kvill. (Current dates for excursions are posted on the official web page.

The course includes an introduction to R and data management as well as covering the fundamentals of growth and yield. The literature list will be posted on the web page, in early June (link above). The course learning platform is Canvas and most of the literature, assignments, schedule, etc. will be available for you as a student as soon as you register. For students eager to start reading and preparing in advance we recommend:

West, P. W. Growing Plantation Forests. 2nd ed. 2014. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014. 978-3-319-01827-0.
Link to online reading if you have SLU access.

Crawley, Michael J. Statistics : an Introduction Using R . Second edition. Chichester, West Sussex, [England: John Wiley & Sons, 2014.
Link to online reading if you have SLU access.

And a personal favourite as introduction to the intersection of silviculture and ecology, although not course literature: Puettmann, Klaus J., Coates, K. Dave., and Messier, Christian C. A Critique of Silviculture Managing for Complexity . Washington, D.C: Island Press, 2009.
Link to online if you have SLU access.

If instead you prefer a more animated introduction to the Swedish forestry and the current discussions regarding its management, check this out.

Teachers on the course are researchers in silviculture and ecology from the department; Emma Holmström, Urban Nilsson, Adam Felton, Ignacio Barbeito, Ulf Johansson and more. In addition our ambition is to have active participation from several of the current PhD students in our research groups, both as lecturers and teaching assistants.
Welcome in September!
/Emma Holmström