FORE447-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Environmental Forestry

30 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


New Zealand primary production systems; Ecosystem services from primary production systems; Cultural services provided by forests; Soil and water conservation and management; Biodiversity conservation and management; Policy, regulation, certification; Sustainable use of native forests for production; Management planning and monitoring.

This course provides an overview of the broader environmental and cultural issues associated with plantation forestry in Aotearoa New Zealand within the framework of ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are the goods (such as food and fibre) and services (such as water yield) that the human population derive, directly or indirectly, from ecosystems and are fundamentally important because the well-being of human society is totally reliant on them. Forests are particularly important as they provide many key ecosystem services that are not necessarily provided by other comparable land uses such as farming. This course will focus on a range of the ecosystem services provided by plantation forestry including biodiversity conservation, soil and water conservation, and cultural services. However, fibre production and carbon sequestration will not be covered here as they are covered in other courses. We will also address the policy frameworks within which ecosystem services are managed in Aotearoa New Zealand. We will be placing a particular emphasis on bicultural competence and confidence as Māori are key players in New Zealand forestry as forest and forest land owners, as forest managers and as a people to whom forests are an essential part of life.

Learning Outcomes

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.


Subject to approval to the Chair, Forestry Board of Studies


FORE444, FORE445, BIOL379

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 315 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 235 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 225 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Friday 13:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 235 16 Jul - 22 Jul
30 Jul - 5 Aug
13 Aug - 19 Aug
10 Sep - 16 Sep
8 Oct - 14 Oct
01-P2 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 235 6 Aug - 12 Aug
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 17:00 Forestry 152 23 Jul - 29 Jul
20 Aug - 26 Aug
17 Sep - 23 Sep
1 Oct - 7 Oct
15 Oct - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

David Norton


Rien Visser


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Briefing Paper 10%
Case Study Report 10%
Plant Herbarium 30%
End-of-Year Exam 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,118.00

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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