FORE307-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Plantation Silviculture

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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.


ENFO307 prior to 2011, ENFO492 prior to 2011

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 F1 Lectorial
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 F1 Lectorial
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Computer Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 14:00 Forestry 252 Computer Lab
29 Mar - 4 Apr
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Thursday 09:00 - 14:00 Lincoln University
8 Mar - 14 Mar
26 Apr - 2 May
17 May - 23 May
01-P2 Thursday 09:00 - 12:00 Lincoln University
15 Mar - 21 Mar


Euan Mason


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

Textbooks / Resources

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 $2,301.00

International fee $10,205.00

* 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 .

All FORE307 Occurrences

  • FORE307-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021