FORE111-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Trees, Forests and the Environment

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
20 Feb 2017 - 25 Jun 2017


Forests and their relationships with people from the beginning of human history to the present day. Community and urban forestry. Tree classification and identification. The nature and location of the world's forests. Forests as communities of plants, animals and micro-organisms. The role of forests in the conservation of soil, water and biodiversity, and in the provision of recreation and other forest products. Sustainable forest management. Climate change and carbon credits. Forest certification. Forests in New Zealand. Treaty obligations

To introduce students to the dynamic relationship between forests, environment and society;
To examine the nature, location and significance of the world's forests and their relationship to the environment;
To introduce the student to the historical and current societal attitudes to forest use;
To provide an overview of goods and services provided by forests;
To identify key tree species

Learning Outcomes

This is the first exposure of students to forestry topics and terminology. Students will understand:

  • The environmental factors that affect the type and distribution of forests around the world.
  • The role of forests and forest management on the creation of wood and non-wood products and services.
  • The connection between forests and climate change, land-use disputes, and Māori land ownership.
  • The similarities and differences between the forest sectors of five countries, relating them to the New Zealand forestry experience.
  • The process for identification of tree species, including the native and exotic species available in campus.


FORE101, FORE102, FORE103, FORE104, FORE105, FORE121

Timetable 2017

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 F1 Lectorial 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 F1 Lectorial 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 F1 Lectorial 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Forestry 152 27 Feb - 9 Apr

Course Coordinator

Luis Apiolaza


Euan Mason and Justin Morgenroth


Vicki Wilton


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Tree ID Assessment 25%
Mid-Semester Test 25%
Mid-Year Exam 50%


Recommended Reading

Sands, Roger; Forestry in a global context; 2nd ed; CABI, 2013.


Additional learning material and resources will be available via the course Learn site.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $919.00

International fee $4,275.00

* 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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