FEM-22306 Forest Resources


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper4
Excursion (one day)16
Course coordinator(s)dr. UGW Sass-Klaassen
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. GMJ Mohren
prof. dr. K Kramer
ir. EC Wilderink
prof. dr. PA Zuidema
L Goudzwaard
dr. ir. J den Ouden
prof. dr. ir. GJ Nabuurs
dr. UGW Sass-Klaassen
dr. M Peña Claros
SA Zwartsenberg
Examiner(s)dr. UGW Sass-Klaassen

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

BIS-10306 Biodiversity of The Netherlands;
FEM-10306 Ecology of Forests.


This course extends the knowledge on the ecological properties of forest ecosystems, and focuses on the strategies and techniques in sustainable forest management. This is applied to theoretical and practical exercises on resource management with emphasis on wood production and use. Obvious links with actual topics such as certification schemes, tropical timber yield, fuel wood, carbon sequestration, effects of climate change, worldwide economic and social developments are highlighted.
The course is organized in thematic blocks focusing on forest resources, resource management and certification issues (block 1); silvicultural systems and techniques for resource management and wood production in temperate areas (blocks 2&3) and the tropics (block 4); wood as a main forest resource (block 5); synthesis: forest resources and their changes worldwide (block 6). Each block contains intensive practical training exercises on forest-management planning and wood quality and/or excursions to the forest, forest enterprises, and enterprises operating in the field of (tropical) timber trade and wood processing.
In an assignment the accomplished knowledge is used to evaluate sustainable resource management for different areas in the world. Information from the assignments is used in the last thematic block to integrate information and scale it up to evaluate critical aspects and actual threats for sustainable forest management worldwide.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recall relevant numbers, facts, and background information on forest ecosystems and forest resources worldwide;
- explain how tree growth and wood anatomy translate to technological properties and hence wood quality;
- classify silvicultural systems and techniques for wood production;
- use harvest and regeneration models to calculate sustainable resource extraction;
- analyse the applicability of sustainable forest management techniques in forest systems worldwide;
- correctly report and summarize facts and insights gained from excursions;
- analyse data from international databases with respect to sustainable resource extraction and forest-area changes;
- critically judge the role of various ecological and social aspects relevant for sustainable forest resource management in different forest ecosystems worldwide.


- lectures;
- individual assignment;
- excursions;
- practical work.


- written examination (60%);
- excursion reports (10%);
- assignment -written report (30%).


Den Ouden, J., B. Muys, F. Mohren & K. Verheijen. (2010). Bosecologie van bosbeheer. Acco, Leuven. 674p. ISBN 9789033477829.
PowerPoint presentations, practical instructions, description of assignment and additional materials are available on MyPortal.

Verplicht voor: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBScB: Spec. B - Ecology and Conservation1MO
Verplicht voor: WUMTEBSc Minor Management of Terrestrial Ecosystems1MO