ENV 659b () / 2024-2025

The Practice of Silviculture: Principles in Applied Forest Ecology (Friday field trips)

Credits: 4

Spring 2025: Time and location TBA


The scientific principles and techniques of controlling, protecting, and restoring the regeneration, composition, and growth of natural forest vegetation and its plantation and agroforestry analogs worldwide. Analysis of biological and socioeconomic problems affecting specific forest stands and design of silvicultural systems to solve these problems. Applications are discussed for the management of wildlife habitat, bioenergy and carbon sequestration, water resources, urban environments, timber and nontimber products, and landscape design. Four to six hours lecture. One-hour tutorial. Seven days of fieldwork. Recommended: some knowledge of soils, ecology, plant physiology, human behavior, and resource economics.

ENV 659 is a prerequisite for:
ENV 661: Analysis and Development of Silvicultural Prescriptions
ENV 954: Management Plans for Protected Areas (includes Friday and Saturday Field trips)
ENV 955: Seminar in Research Analysis, Writing and Communication in Forest Ecology