FEM-20909 Forest and Nature Conservation II - Management Planning and Tools


Credits 9.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical78
Group work33
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. J den Ouden
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MMPD Heijmans
dr. ir. J den Ouden
dr. ir. MA Hoogstra-Klein
prof. dr. H Siepel
dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren
LC Vreugdenhil
Examiner(s)dr. ir. J den Ouden

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

FEM-22306 Forest Resources and Sustainable Management Systems; FNP-23303 Planning: Theories, Tools and Practices.

Continuation courses:

FNP-30306 Strategic Planning in Forest and Nature Conservation.


In this course we prepare a general management plan for a nature area on the Veluwe. Important starting point is a landscape-ecological systems analysis (LESA) in which the biotic and abiotic characteristics of the area will be analysed using GIS. The plan involves the distribution and assignment of plant community types to be maintained or developed, and the required management interventions, that will realize the specific targets set for the area, within the boundaries of European, national and regional legislations and regulations.
During the course we will explore a number of management interventions available to maintain or improve the functioning of ecosystems and communities. This will be done by field measurements and data analysis on the effects of interventions in forest, heathlands and wet meadows.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognize and analyse the correspondence between abiotic terrain conditions, current vegetation types, and management objectives;
- compare the different management tools and treatments in forests and natural areas, and analyse their effect on the functioning of ecosystems and their principal biotic and abiotic components;
- evaluate the relationship between targets set for nature conservation and the historical and physical context of plant and animal communities;
- apply basic GIS tools to evaluate patterns in environmental and ecological variation;
- translate formulated goals for forest and nature areas into a general management design;
- analyse management plans in terms of cost-benefit relations and the criteria for sustainable land-use;
- participate in group assignments in an effective and efficient manner, and correctly report the results.


- attending lectures and excursions,;
- conducting inventories and interpreting of field data (using different techniques in statistical analysis);
- performing literature, archive studies, and scenario studies (e.g. MCA), producing a management plan and defend this for an audience.


The final grade will be determined by the grades (average) for the three assignments on management tools (50%) and the management plan, including the LESA (50%).


Den Ouden, J.; B. Muys; Mohren, F.;Verheyen, K. (2010). Bosecologie en bosbeheer. ACCO, Leuven. 674p. ISBN 9033477823.
A workbook for the practical will be for sale on the first day.

Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc6WD
Compulsory for: WUFNCBSc Minor Forest and Nature Conservation6WD