|Module Title||FORESTRY AND WOODLAND|
|Co-ordinator||Mrs Jill Bullen Hulse|
|Assessment||Exam||1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 2, 3||40%|
|Assignment||Outcomes assessed: 1, 3, 4||60%|
Many countryside managers will be directly involved in some form of forest or woodland management. This module serves to provide a thorough understanding of the critical factors in a woodland rotation from initial planting to final harvesting. The lectures will consider the responses and effects of different management techniques and silvicultural systems. Reference will be made to complications such as wind throw and pests. With today's multi-purpose woodlands, management for recreation, conservation and landscape will also be considered.
Identify the range and operation of woodland systems operating in the countryside.
a. The features of a woodland system are identified and described.
b. The natural processes operating in a woodland are described.
c. Woodland systems are surveyed to identify key elements and features.
Woodland system - coppice, high forest
Natural processes - regeneration, wind throw, recycling, decomposition
Key elements and features - soil, topography, species and age, stocking, flora, identification of management practices.
Identify the impact of a woodland on the surrounding area.
a. Identify the contribution of the woodland to the local landscape.
b. Describe the impact of the woodland on the surrounding land use or enterprise.
c. Identify the features within the woodland that are of nature conservation benefit.
Landscape - colour, texture, form, shape, scale, character
Impact - shading, shelter, pests, opportunities and constraints
Conservation benefit - species present, structure, layout, management
Describe the main events in a woodland/forest rotation
a. The process of tree planting and establishment is described
b. The management undertaken during the rotation period is identified.
Tree planting method - pit, notch, mound; establishment - site preparation, physical structures to aid growth.
Management - beating up, weed control, pruning, thinning, harvesting
Selected tree species are identified
a. Selected broadleaves and conifers are identified and named.
b. The attributes of selected tree species are described.
c. Suitable species are identified to plant in a given situation.
Oak, ash, cherry, elm, larch, Scots pine etc.
Attributes - colour, form, fruit, bark, flowers, uses, timber
Soil type, hydrology, objectives