|Module Title||FORESTRY AND WOODLAND MANAGEMENT|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Iwan G Owen|
|Course delivery||Lecture||2 x 2 hour lectures per week|
|Practical||6 x 3 hour practicals|
Evaluate the impact of current woodland policies for a given woodland.
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 filtering through current woodland policy.
Rotation length, species choice, management prescription, additional facilities, financial benefits and costs, flexibility, strategy, certification, criteria for grant applications, locational incentives.
Evaluate the opportunities and constraints of a specified site for establishing a new woodland.
a. The natural processes operating are assessed.
b. The site is surveyed to identify key elements and features.
Natural processes - regeneration, potential wind throw risk, recycling, decomposition, hydrological regime. Key elements and features, geology, soil, topography, ground flora, identification of current management practices/land use, access, species locally adapted to the site.
Prepare and recommend a detailed species plan for a specified woodland location.
a. The area is surveyed in order to gain relevant information.
b. Reference material required to plan the species prescription is gathered.
c. A species list for a given woodland objective is constructed and justified.
Survey (desk and field): history, land use, tgreatment and past management, adjacent land areas, ecological survey, climate, geology, soils, access, constraints and opportunities.
Survey information, library research.
Species choice: Ojectives - game, short rotation coppice, conservation, landscape, recreation, timber/wood products, habitat creation. Relevance to site characteristics.
Evaluate the main events in a woodland/forest rotation.
a. The options for tree establishment are evaluated.
b. The proposals for management during the rotation period are assessed.
Tree planting method, natural regeneration, direct sowing.
Management - beating up, tree protection, weed control, pruning, thinning, harvesting.
Evaluate the practical management options for a given woodland.
a. Potential management options are appraised.
b. The factors that contribute to the success in achieving the woodland objectives are assessed.
Intervention in succession and planting, degree of management input.
Management - intensive, commercial, limited intervention, non-intervention.
Factors - ecological, financial, managerial, aesthetic.
Evaluate the economic costs of managing a woodland.
a. An assessment is made of the costing of woodland establishment and protection
b. The financial implications of current grant aid incentives are assessed.
Cost of planting stock, protection materials, labour, beat-up, applicable grant schemes, eg Woodland Grant Scheme,
Woodland Improvement Grant
This module is at CQFW Level 5