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.



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 .

All FORE624 Occurrences

  • FORE624-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021