FORE219-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Introduction to Silviculture

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Classical silviculture systems: autecology; stand development and stand dynamics. Applications of tree physiology to silviculture; environmental ecophysiology; tree/soil relationships. Propagation; tree breeding systems; seed orchards; clonal forestry; molecular techniques in tree breeding.

The objective of this course is to provide a biological background to the study of silviculture, and to apply biological principles to the management of natural forests in New Zealand and elsewhere.

The course is broken down into five core topics:

Silvics - a review of the biological concepts relevant to silviculture;
Silvicultural systems;
Ecology and management of natural forests; and
Tree breeding and genetics

Learning Outcomes

Students will have a basic understanding of classical silvicultural systems and their applications to New Zealand's indigenous forests; of how tree physiology impacts on silvicultural systems and forest production; and of tree breeding and propagation systems.


BIOL112 and BIOL113, or
FORE111, 131 and 141.


PAMS202, BIOL252, FORE214


Euan Mason


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Mid-Semester Test 24%
Group Presentations 5%
Lab Exercises 46% Series of 9 Lab Exercises
End-of-Year Exam 25%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no compulsory textbook for this course. Important references will be available on restricted loan and/or selected sections of material will be available on the course Learn page.

Recommended reading:

Smith, D.M. et al. (1997). The Practice of Silviculture (9th ed).
British Columbia, Ministry of Forests, Forests Practices Branch (2003). Silvicultural Systems Handbook for British Columbia.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,250.00

* 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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