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Native forests are globally important natural resources. Their conservation and management is critical to local and regional populations for the biodiversity that they harbour and the ecosystem services that they provide. This subject will explore the conservation and management of native forests around the world.
We will cover the principles of forest dynamics and sustainable forest management for a range of objectives, including wildlife habitat, water yield, carbon sequestration, and timber production. The subject will integrate ecological, environmental, economic, and social perspectives on the conservation and management of native forests through lectures, forest modeling exercises, and a week-long field trip to the Central Highlands of Victoria.
Intended learning outcomes
- The dynamics and growth of forests and different stages of stand development.
- The design of silvicultural pathways for specific forest management objectives.
- Principles of forest management planning, sustainable land-use and environmental management systems.
- The policy framework for forest management, including: international conventions, national and state forest management, biodiversity and sustainability policies and codes of forest practice.
- Techniques in forest landscape management and planning, including: integration of multiple objectives such as biodiversity conservation, carbon, timber production and water supply; spatial modelling and analysis; management plan preparation, implementation and writing.
Last updated: 18 December 2020