ENFO204-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Forest Measurement

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Description

Forest mensuration and inventory, field survey techniques in plane surveying, related calculations and plotting.

Effective management of forests requires the accurate measurement of their current status and the ability to forecast their future growth and development. Fundamental to forest management is the ability to answer such questions as:

• What is the current status of each forest stand?
• How will each stand grow in the future?
• How much volume will be available at time of harvest?
• How much volume is actually recovered when a stand is harvested?
• How much wood is delivered to each customer?
• What is the value of the wood harvested?

Forest measurement and forest stand growth modelling are employed by foresters to answer these questions and are instrumental in many applications, such as:

• Monitoring current forest condition and the sustainability of forest management
• Evaluating forest management options
• Scheduling stands for operations
• Predicting future wood availability from forests
• Planning the harvest of a forest
• Reconciling estimated volumes with recovered volumes
• Determining how much customers should be charged
• Appraising forest value

Learning Outcomes

Students will:
- understand principles and practice of forest growth and measurement;
- understand and properly use relevant terminology;
- correctly use measurement instruments to obtain accurate data about trees and forests;
- correctly apply simple surveying techniques, GPS and GIS; and
- correctly analyse forest growth and measurement data to address typical forest management questions.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Pre-requisites

Subject to approval of the Director of Studies, Forest Engineering.

Restrictions

FORE141, FORE216

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 F1 Lectorial 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 E16 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 James Logie 104 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 Forestry 252 Computer Lab 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 17:00 Lincoln University 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Bruce Manley

Lecturers

Roger Dawe and Justin Morgenroth

Assessment

The grade earned in this course will be based on 4 components:

2 written reports (case studies)
1 surveying portfolio (based on field work)
1 final examination

Textbooks

There are no required or recommended texts. All learning material is provided in class.

Notes

Compulsory Labs (Computer & Field)

An important component of the course is applying concepts and techniques of forest measurement. Consequently a pass in this paper requires a satisfactory performance in the computer laboratories and field work.  A satisfactory performance means attendance at all computer labs & field labs and handing in all required lab reports.

Field labs will be conducted RAIN or SHINE.  You must come properly equipped for cold and wet weather.  Bring rain gear and warm layers of clothing.  Be sure to wear proper field boots and a hard hat. The department will provide high visibility vests and all necessary field equipment.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $937.00

International fee $5,125.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Forestry.

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