ENFO204-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Forest Measurement

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020

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.

Pre-requisites

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

Restrictions

FORE141, FORE216

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 E16 Lecture Theatre (3/8, 21/9-12/10)
F3 Lecture Theatre (13/7-20/7, 10/8-17/8, 7/9-14/9)
13 Jul - 26 Jul
3 Aug - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 F3 Lecture Theatre 27 Jul - 2 Aug
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 Forestry 252 Computer Lab 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Computer Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00 Forestry 252 Computer Lab 7 Sep - 13 Sep
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00 20 Jul - 26 Jul
3 Aug - 23 Aug
14 Sep - 18 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00 F3 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 19 Jul
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 Forestry 252 Computer Lab 27 Jul - 2 Aug

Lecturer

Bruce Manley

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 / Resources

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 $1,201.00

International fee $5,726.00

* 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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