FORE219-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Introduction to Silviculture

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


Classical silviculture systems: autecology; stand development and stand dynamics. Applications of tree physiology to silviculture; environmental ecophysiology; tree/soil relationships. Propagation; tree breeding systems; seed orchards; clonal forestry; molecular techniques in tree breeding.

The objective of this course is to provide a biological background to the study of silviculture, and to apply biological principles to the management of natural forests in New Zealand and elsewhere.

The course is broken down into five core topics:

Silvics - a review of the biological concepts relevant to silviculture;
Silvicultural systems;
Ecology and management of natural forests; and
Tree breeding and genetics

Learning Outcomes

Students will have a basic understanding of classical silvicultural systems and their applications to New Zealand's indigenous forests; of how tree physiology impacts on silvicultural systems and forest production; and of tree breeding and propagation systems.


BIOL112 and BIOL113, or FORE111, 131 and 141.


PAMS202, BIOL252, FORE214

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 F3 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 111 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 441 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 18:00 17 Sep - 23 Sep
8 Oct - 14 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 260 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 16 Sep
24 Sep - 7 Oct
15 Oct - 21 Oct

Timetable Note

There is a two-day field trip associated with this course, taking the class to Woodside Forest, Oxford in North Canterbury. The field trip occurs on the last two days (Thursday & Friday) of the mid-semester break.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Euan Mason


Mark Bloomberg and Luis Apiolaza


There is no compulsory textbook for this course. Important references will be available on restricted loan and/or selected sections of material will be available on the course Learn page.

Recommended reading:

Smith, D.M. et al. (1997). The Practice of Silviculture (9th ed).
British Columbia, Ministry of Forests, Forests Practices Branch (2003). Silvicultural Systems Handbook for British Columbia.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $937.00

International fee $4,363.00

* 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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