Module Identifier RD29110  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mrs Jill Bullen Hulse  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite RD17810 Forestry and Woodlands  
Assessment Exam   1.5 Hours Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3.   40%  
  Assignment   Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2.   60%  

Module description
This module develops key aspects of the first year module Foresty and Woodland. Four broad areas will be examined with themes from each of these sections being drawn together in the visits and practicals. The four subject areas to be covered are sustainable forestry and UK forest policy; new native woodlands; silvicultural management and continuous cover forestry in Britain; finance planning and costing of woodland investments.

Outcome 1

Prepare a detailed plan for a new woodland.

Performance criteria:
a. The area is surveyed in order to gain relevant information.
b. Reference material required to plan the woodland is gathered.
c. A species list for a given woodland objective is constructed and justified.

Survey (desk and field) : History, land use, treatment and past management, adjacent land areas, ecological survey, climate, geology, soils, access, constraints and opportunities.
Survey information, library research.
Species choice : Objectives - game, short rotation coppice, conservation, landscape, recreation, timber/wood products, habitat creation.

Outcome 2

Evaluate the management options for a new woodland.

Performance criteria:
a. Potential management options are identified and appraised.
b. The factors that contribute to the success in achieving the woodland objectives are assessed.

Natural regeneration, intervention in succession, planting, degree of management input
Management - intensive, commercial, limited intervention, non-intervention
Factors - ecological, financial, managerial, aesthetic

Outcome 3

Evaluate the impact of current woodland policies for a given woodland.

Performance criteria:
a. An understanding of the effect of woodland policy on the Silvicultural system is demonstrated.
b. An assessment is made of the opportunities and constraints.
c. The financial implications are assessed.

Rotation length, species choice, management prescription, additional facilities, financial benefits and costs, flexibility, strategy.