FORE624-21S1 (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


In-depth coverage of all aspects of plantation silviculture from seed production through to harvesting impacts, with emphasis on decision-making.

To understand the principles and tools associated with decision-making in plantations at a stand level, and to develop an in-depth knowledge of a specific aspect of silviculture.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge
    Students will gain advanced technical knowledge in
  • Forest ecology
  • Growth & yield modelling
  • Experimental design & analysis
  • The influence of silviculture on wood products and forest services
  • Alternative stand-level management techniques
  • The integration of silvicultural decision-making and financial outcomes of forest investments

    Students will gain a critical understanding of key principles of plantation silviculture.

    Students will
  • Be able to set objectives for growing forests and understand the impacts of objectives on management decisions
  • Be able to evaluate different silvicultural strategies for a variety of sites and species.
  • Required to use the acquired knowledge to address complex stand management problems.

    Students will
  • Be able to integrate objectives, silvicultural decisions, design of silvicultural regimes and implementation of growing strategies of plantation stands.
  • Be able to analyse the impacts of adopting alternative silvicultural strategies to meet land owners’ objectives.
  • Be able to effectively communicate methods, results and conclusions of these analyses.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.



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

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Forestry Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 10%
Silvicultural Experiement Analysis/Report 10%
Silvicultural Plan 20%
Research Plan 20%
Mid-Year Exam 40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,228.00

* 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 .

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