FORE307-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Plantation Silviculture

30 points
19 Feb 2018 - 24 Jun 2018


Plantation silviculture: species selection, genetic improvement, clonal forestry, establishment, manipulation of stand density harvesting impacts. Integrated decision making. Management for non-wood products.

To provide an understanding of the principles of plantation silviculture which will enable students to make effective decisions about plantations anywhere in the world.

The course allows students to apply understandings of biology, finance, ecology and mathematics which they have acquired in previous courses to the management of single stands of trees. It builds on FORE218 - Forest Biology and FORE219 - Introduction to Silviculture.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand the principles and tools associated with decision-making in plantations at a stand level.
  • Understand the key biological processes at work within plantations that affect decision-making.
  • Be familiar with interactions between social, financial and biological interactions, which are important in plantation systems.
  • Appreciate alternative treatment strategies (regimes), which can be applied in plantations from establishment through to harvest. The effects of these regimes on forest product outturn will also be covered.
    • 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.


ENFO307 prior to 2011, ENFO492 prior to 2011

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 F1 Lectorial 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 101 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 260 19 Feb - 1 Apr
30 Apr - 3 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 18:00 Forestry 152 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun

Course Coordinator

Euan Mason


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Written Essay 15%
Silvicultural Experiment Analysis & Report 15%
Silvicultural Plan 20%
Mid-Year Exam 50%


Required Texts

Smith, David M. , Hawley, Ralph C; The practice of silviculture; 8th ed; Wiley, 1986.

Additional Reading:

Daniel, T.W., Helms, J.A. & Baker, F.S. (1979). Principles of Silviculture, McGraw Hill
Evans, J. (1992). Plantation Forestry in the Tropics, Clarendon Press
Evans, J., Auclair, D. & Falck, J. (1997). Plantation Forestry in Europe, Oxford University Press
Lavery, P. (1986). Plantation Forestry with Pinus radiata - review papers
NZ Institute of Forestry (1995). Forestry Handbook
McLaren, P. (1993). Radiata pine growers manual
Shepard, K. (1987). Plantation Silviculture, Martinus Nijhoff

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,874.00

International fee $8,725.00

* 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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