- 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.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Interpret and evaluate management objectives appropriate to the owner and types of woodland.
- Assess and evaluate both timber and non-timber values of different woodland types.
- Prepare planting and restocking schemes appropriate to the site conditions and objectives of the owner.
- Prepare management plans appropriate to the owner and types of woodland.
- Assess and evaluate harvesting and extraction systems, marketing outlets and uses of timber products.
- Assess and evaluate the financial performance of woodlands.
|Coursework||Practical report - Woodland management plan||50%|
|Examination||Unseen exam (3 hours)||50%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Forestry Commission (1998). Thinning Control: Field Handbook 2. HMSO.
- Starr, C. (2005). Woodland Management – A Practical Guide. Crowood Press Ltd.