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


Studiepunten 9.00

Practical extensively supervised77
Practical intensively supervised50
Field Practical42
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. J den Ouden
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MMPD Heijmans
dr. D van der Hoek
dr. ir. J den Ouden
ir. JN van Laar
MSC G Elkhuizen
Examiner(s)dr. ir. J den Ouden

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

FEM-22306, FNP-23303

Continuation courses:



This course centers around the management planning in forests and nature areas. Planning is looked at from two perspectives: first of all we focus on the technical interventions that can be employed to improve the functioning of ecosystems. This functioning, and the effects of the interventions, will be evaluated in relation to the management goals. In turn, these goals and the functioning of the ecosystems are dependent on the ecological and social context of the area. For that reason, in the second part of the practical attention is paid to the planning aspect of management by constructing a general management plan for a concrete area. Here the focus is on the connection between means (measures) and goals. The techniques used are introduced in a previous course (FNP-23303). The course is part of the regular BBN study program. The course is also useful for students from other program that want to expand their knowledge on techniques and approaches used in current forest and nature management.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- compare the different tools and treatments in forests and natural areas, and analyze their effect on the functioning of ecosystems and their principal biotic and abiotic components;
- formulate goals for forest and nature areas, based on a concrete vision, and translate these into a general management design;
- apply different tools in the construction and evaluation of management plans;
- analyse management plans in terms of cost-benefit relations and the criteria for sustainable land-use;
- identify most important tree and plant species, and recognize their indicator values with respect to environmental conditions;
- participate in a group assignment 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.


Final mark is based on individual exam and marks for reports on practical assignments.


Den Ouden, J., B. Muys, F. Mohren & K. Verheijen (2010), Bosecologie van bosbeheer. Acco, Leuven.
A workbook for the practical will be for sale on the first day.

Verplicht voor: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc6WD
Verplicht voor: WUFNCBSc Minor Forest and Nature Conservation6WD