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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:Introduction;Silvics - a review of the biological concepts relevant to silviculture;Silvicultural systems;Ecology and management of natural forests; andTree breeding and genetics
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, orFORE111, 131 and 141.
PAMS202, BIOL252, FORE214
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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.
Domestic fee $1,030.00
International fee $5,250.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Forestry