Content (Syllabus outline)

Natural forest structures and processes as a foundation for close-to-nature silviculture: Primeval forests and forest reserves. Natural and anthropogenic disturbances and stand dynamics (classification, complexity and disturbance influence, reaction of trees and stands). Models of stand development (silvigenesis).

Spatiotemporal stand dynamics: age structure; species composition; species alternation; coexistence; competition. Silvicultural description of stands.

Silvicultural systems: Definition and history. Traditional systems (Clear cut; Shelterwood and Strip cutting). Systems based on natural processes (Selection systems, Irregular shelterwood, Free style silviculture). Special systems: Coppices, Coppices with standards. Naturalness of silvicultural systems.

Silvicultural planning: Definition, significance and historical development; Phases of planning; Structure and realisation of plans.

Selected examples of special silviculture: Regeneration ecology; Natural and artificial regeneration; Afforestation and Conversion; Silviculture in: protected areas and urban forests, floodplain forests, riparian forests, Mediterranean forests, high-mountain forests.


1. Condition for inclusion in the work:

- Inscription to adequate academic year  

- Completed BSc study level in Forestry or similar study of natural resources.

- For students of other disciplines prerequisite are passed exams in Geology, Soil science, Meteorology and Botany.


2. Condition for performing study obligations: 

- Active participation at the lectures

- Positive evaluation of two colloquia

- Positive evaluation of  a seminar

- Reports from field excursions

- Collaboration during field exercises

- Individual assignments