Silviculture is defined as the theory and practice of controlling the establishment, composition, growth, and quality of forest stands to achieve the objectives of management. Common management objectives for stands (and forests) include timber production, pleasing appearance, conservation of biological diversity, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and production of high-quality potable water. Silviculture introduces pertinent silviculture theory, practices and procedures with a focus on British Columbia.
Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Identify the pertinent Biogeoclimatic Zone, Subzone, Site Unit, Site Association, and Site Series in the BC Ministry of Forests Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification system for an area of forest land.
Evaluate climatic attributes pertinent to species selection and their regeneration for a specific site.
Identify and describe attributes of stand structure.
Predict successional pathways and stand dynamics.
Estimate the Site Index for alternative crop species for an area of forest land.
Identify pertinent soil characteristics and sensitivities and recommend appropriate soil management practices for an area of forest land.
Identify the characteristics of commonly applied silvicultural systems and recommend appropriate silvicultural systems to achieve given management objectives for a specific site and stand.
Identify silvical characteristics of commercial tree species pertinent to the selection of silvicultural system and regeneration method.
Recommend appropriate crop tree species for a specific silvicultural system on an area of forest land.
Be able to list and explain B.C. regulatory requirements for Basic Silviculture Stocking Standards and Soil Conservation Standards and recognize them in a Site Plan.
Effective as of Fall 2016
FNAM 3820 is offered as a part of the following programs: