FORE624-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Plantation Silviculture

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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.




Euan Mason


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 $2,266.00

* 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

  • FORE624-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022