Teaching in English is possible upon request from students
Theroretical foundations and historical development of Forest management and Forest regulation. The regulated ("normal") forest: theory and critical analysis. Forest regulation methods. Forest management plans. Forest management maps. Forest stand description and monitoring. Managing forests as complex adaptive systems.
Metodi di inventariazione delle masse e degli incrementi legnosi in assestamento forestale - Dispense didattiche. Piermaria Corona, Aracne editrice, Roma, 2007, pp. 126.
Il bosco ceduo. Selvicoltura assestamento gestione. O. Ciancio, S. Nocentini. Accademia Italiana di Scienze Forestali, Firenze, 2004.
G. Patrone Assestamento forestale (esaurito, consultabile presso il Dipartimento).
Forest Management. L.S. Davis, K.N. Johnson, P.S. Bettinger, T.E.Howard. Mc Graw Hill, NY, 2001
Managing Forests as Complex Adaptive Systems. Building Resilience to the Challenge of Global Change. C. Messier, K.J. Puettmann, K. D. Coates. Routledge, London and New York, 2013, pp.353.
Storia del Pensiero Forestale. Selvicoltura, filosofia, etica. O. Ciancio. Editore Rubettino. 2014, pp. 560.
The course is designed to impart knowledge on the principles and operational aspects of sustainable forest management, based on a solid theoretical background connecting historical aspects and innovative approaches and theories (complexity, systemic approach, adaptive management). The course provides the tools for understanding the processes that underlie the elaboration of forest management plans and the skills needed for their practical implementation.
1. Theroretical foundations and historical development of Forest management and Forest regulation.
2. Forest management in relation to the different levels of Forest land planning.
3. Forest Auxology.
4. The regulated ("normal") forest: theory and critical analysis.
5. Forest regulation methods.
- Area regulation methods
- Volume regulation methods
- Silvicultural methods
- Gurnaud's control method
6. Structure and contents of forest management plans.
- Forest management maps.
- Methods for dividing the forest into compartments.
- Forest stand description and monitoring.
- Felling plan
- Control and monitoring of Forest management plan
7. Management of coppice forests: criteria and practical examples
8. Management of high forests: criteria and practical examples
9. Critical issues and perspectives in forest management
- Ecological, economic and social sustainability of Forest management
- Global change: impact, mitigation and adaptation of forest systems
- Forest ecosystems as complex adaptive systems: forest management from determinism to the theory of complexity
- Systemic forest management: definition, aims and operational criteria
10. Field work: preparing a forest management plan with different approaches
During the course there will be organized discussion sessions on different aspects of forest management. Scientific papers and other material will be provided to students before discussion.