Module:Forestry and Woodland Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    David Lewis
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    33 hours

Module content

Resources Management: The concept of different types of forestry. Woodland owners and their objectives.

Forestry policy: European, national and regional policy and indicative forestry strategies. The roles of statutory and industry bodies. Forestry regulations, grants and other incentives.

Principles and practice of silviculture: The classification and silvicultural characteristics of the main broadleaved and coniferous trees used in commercial and amenity forestry. Forestry silvicultural systems. Establishment including new planting, restocking and natural regeneration; the care and tending of plantations.

Management, measurement and economics: Woodland survey and assessment. Thinning objectives, timing, type, intensity, cycle yield and control. Yield models and production forecasting and the valuation of woodlands.

Harvesting and marketing of timber: Sale and marketing of timber. Harvesting and extraction systems and safe working.

Management for non-timber benefits: Management for sporting, landscape, biodiversity and access.

Forest policy and forestry as a rural land use. Tree identification and the silvicultural characteristics of the main species used in “commercial” and “amenity” forestry. New planting and restocking. Management of woodlands and beneficial management practices to provide a range of ecosystem services and public benefits, including timber, habitat, landscape, flood alleviation, carbon sequestration and improvement of air and water quality as well as the enhancement of recreational and sporting opportunities. Harvesting and marketing of timber. Tree risk management. Woodland grant schemes and other sources of income and the economics of woodland management.


Module outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of forestry as a land use option and the role and importance of woodland habitats in delivering a range of ecosystem services.
  2. Assess and evaluate both timber and non-timber values  existing woodlands and prepare and implement management plans.
  3. Identify and assess the different growing characteristics and timber properties and uses of trees and prepare woodland creation plans appropriate to the site and the owner’s objectives.
  4. Assess and evaluate  the financial performance of newly created and existing woodlands


Assessment Description Weighting
Report Woodland management plan (2000 words) 60%
Examination 1.5 hour unseen exam 40%

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