FORE219-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Introduction to Silviculture

15 points
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.

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.


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 Jack Erskine 101 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 - 14 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 10:00 - 18:00 Oxford 1 Oct - 7 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Friday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 260 30 Jul - 5 Aug
10 Sep - 23 Sep
8 Oct - 14 Oct
01-P2 Friday 14:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 260 24 Sep - 30 Sep

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 260 20 Aug - 26 Aug

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


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Silvicultural Report 20%
Lab Exercises 30% Series of Lab Exercises of 5% weighting
Mid-Term Test 30%
End-of-Year Exam 20%


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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