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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI
Course unit
STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS OF MOUNTAIN FORESTS AND LOGGING SYSTEMS
AVP5074117, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI (Ord. 2014)
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track LAND AND FOREST CONSERVATION [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS OF MOUNTAIN FORESTS AND LOGGING SYSTEMS
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch LEGNARO (PD)

Lecturers
Teacher in charge RAFFAELE CAVALLI AGR/09

Mutuated
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
AVP3052631 MANAGEMENT OF MOUNTAIN FORESTS AND LOGGING SYSTEMS RAFFAELE CAVALLI AV2091

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/05 Forestry and Silviculture 6.0
Core courses AGR/09 Agricultural Mechanics 4.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 4.0 32 68.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Forest ecology
Forest Management
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to give students a thorough understanding of forest structure and dynamics. In particular, it is stressed the role of present and past natural and anthropogenic disturbances in defining the present and future forest structure and dynamics.
Examination methods: Written multiple choice test; oral presentation and oral exam.
Assessment criteria: Field trips participation is essential. The written test on the first module counts 50% of the final marking, while 40% is obtained through oral examinations on the second module of the course. Internal commission of examiners.
According to the number, students could be asked to give a short presentation on a scientific paper. This will count for 10% of the final score.
Course unit contents: Over the last years, the quantitative definition of forest structure and stand dynamics has rapidly become more and more important because the knowledge of the main patterns and processes controlling a forest ecosystem is a critical prerequisite for a high-quality forest management. Therefore, an overall view starting from the ecological side of the ecosystem, to the management and finally to the exploitation strategies are becoming key instruments for a thorough knowledge and a wise management of forest systems.
More specifically, the course includes: (i) Understanding the role of different forest types in view of choosing the right management system; (ii) Knowledge of key issues, instruments and methodologies of dendroecology; (iii) Knowledge of instruments and methodologies of spatial analyses related to forest dynamics; (iv) Assessment of the different forest functions and choice of the main one in the context of the landscape mosaic in subalpine environments; (v) Practical application of different silvicultural systems in subalpine forests. (vi) Knowledge of forest survey, mechanisation and logging in steep areas. (vii) Ability to analyse case-studies and to use them in understanding theory and concepts and in identifying weaknesses and strengths.
In addition, most of the case-studies discussed will be directly visited by the students; they are (a) an even-aged beech forest located in the pre-Alps; (b) a Pinus sylvestris stand heavily disturbed; (c) a typical subalpine spruce stand; (d) a typical uneven-aged, mixed larch-stone pine high-elevation stand; e) pine plantations at sea level under natural evolution; f) mixed fir-spruce-beech forest in the pre-Alps; g) Austrian pine stands with recurrent fire disturbances; h) coppice stands with different age. Finally, group discussion with the presentations from the students.
All the Italian field excursion will be joined with the students attending the course of Management and Treatment of Mountain and Mediterranean Forests with Prof. Pividori.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Presentations and analyses of the main subjects are carried out both in classrooms sessions, with the support of exercises related to theory and case studies, and with a number of visits at selected Alpine areas, where students have the opportunity to directly observe different kinds of forests and disturbances. Two weekly excursions (Cortina d'Ampezzo/ Ecology laboratory of San Vito di Cadore, Belluno, Italy; BFW-FAST in Ossiach, Austria) are organised to visit a natural park (Dolomites) and a logging area. Field discussions are promoted to actively discuss opportunities and constraints with stakeholders/owners/local authorities. This will facilitate understanding and applying theory
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at
https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/login/index.php


PowerPoint slides from the lectures, few chapters from the textbook Chapin III FS, Matson PA, Mooney HA, Principles of terrestrial ecosystem ecology and few scientific articles.
Dykstra D.P. and Heinrich R., FAO Model code of forest harvesting practice. Roma: FAO, 1996. http://www.fao.org/docrep/v6530e/v6530e00.htm
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)