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Silviculture - the science of forest stand management

Silviculture applies forest ecology to manage forest stands with the aim to provide society with wood raw materials and other ecosystem goods and services. In this course, you will study how a range of silvicultural practices, including management of stand structure, composition, density, rotation length and site fertility affect forest development and ecosystem services (with emphasis on wood, carbon and water). After the course, you will be able to evaluate the scientific basis for current and emerging silvicultural practices such as continuous cover forestry, carbon forestry and mixed species forests. We place particular emphasis on learning the skills and tools needed for analysing forest stand management for sustainable provision of desired goods and services under different conditions, including changing climate and management objectives. Thus, the course will give you a sound foundation for decision-making and implementation. The course primarily focuses on boreal and temperate forests, but we will also use examples from tropical forests to discuss differences between forest types, site conditions, and consequences of climate change. We target students interested in careers in the forest industry, public sector, and research in forest science, forest ecology or soil science.

Information from the course leader

Welcome letter from course leaders

Welcome to “Silviculture – the science of forest stand management”.

The course introduction is on Monday, January 16th at 9.15.

The courses the first week will be held in the lecture hall, Björken. After that, we will be in Bokskogen. We also may need to switch to Zoom or distance teaching on demand to accommodate guest lecturers or other situations. In these cases, we will use the communication tools Zoom and Wonder. We will provide class materials and communicate through the Canvas platform, to which you will receive an invitation by e-mail. You can reach Canvas when you have received your student account and e-mail.

Some further points to note:

  • You should register yourself for the course in the Ladok system. The system for self-registration is open from the 9th through the 16th of January. You can see classes to register for when logged into the student web portal/Ladok.
  • If you have a documented disability or reading and writing difficulties that require extra time, privacy, or some extra aids in teaching and examinations - contact SLU Funka as soon as possible: Then communicate these needs to the course leaders.
  • If you are new to SLU, it is important to get your student account as early as possible ( Links to an external site., where you can also find other relevant information about studies at SLU and in Sweden in general).

We are looking forward to seeing you in Björken Monday, January 16th at 9.15.

Kind regards,

Eliza and Ulrik

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

SG0272-30188 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for SG0272

Academic year 2023/2024

Silviculture - the science of forest stand management (SG0272-30256)

2024-01-15 - 2024-03-19

Academic year 2021/2022

Silviculture - the science of forest stand management (SG0272-30052)

2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23

Syllabus and other information

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management - mastersprogramme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forest Science Biology Forest science Biology
Course code: SG0272 Application code: SLU-30188 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest ecology and Management Pace: 100%