First year at Bangor University: Module 2

Silviculture

Course objectives

This module develops an understanding of the principles and practice of silviculture, the place of silviculture in the sustainable cultivation of trees, and the role that silviculture plays in delivering ecosystem services from trees, woodlands and forests.

Course content

  • Silviculture and its place in forestry and agroforestry
  • The physiological basis of silviculture
  • Soils, site classification and matching species to site
  • Regeneration
  • Thinning, pruning and harvesting
  • Silvicultural systems
  • Conversion, transformation and restoration

 Teaching and learning methods

Lectures: 14 x 2 hr 

Competences acquired

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  1. show a critical understanding of among and within-species variation in silvicultural characteristics, the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils, and the relevance of these to the process of matching species to site
  2. discuss in detail a variety silvicultural practices and evaluate their suitability and effectiveness in managing trees, woodlands and forests for different objectives
  3. discuss the concept of silvicultural systems, and evaluate the use and relative merits of a variety of silvicultural systems
  4. identify specific silvicultural actions for achieving management objectives and delivering ecosystem services from specific tree, woodland or forest situations now and in the future