Forest resource management

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide:
- Knowledge necessary for the planning and management of the forest heritage, with particular reference to protected areas.
- Methodologies for forest planning oriented to productive aspects, landscape enhancement and protection of the territory.
This knowledge will allow the student to work in the forestry sector in a multi-functionality perspective and in the wood supply chain, with particular attention to the sustainable management of natural resources.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
- Autonomously develop forest plans, both in mountain and protected areas, and for the enhancement of forest resources.
- Interact with territorial planning processes in an interdisciplinary perspective, and integrating typically forestry aspects with those of other sectors.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Online lessons are given in synchronous mode. The excursions and the seminars carried out by professionals are held electronically. The program and the learning outcomes, as well as the type of the exam, do not change. The zoom links to the lessons and the seminars are sent through the University's moodle platform or by e-mail.
Course syllabus
Ecological planning: basic concepts. Elements of ecology of forest ecosystems and landscapes. Principles of ecological planning at broad scale. General aspects of ecological planning of forest ecosystems. Forestry sector in the context of spatial planning instruments. Forest planning at the national level. Regional forest planning. District forest planning. Local forest planning. Forest planning in protected areas. Forest planning in Natura 2000 sites.
Prerequisites for admission
Assumed knowledge of general silviculture are not a requirement in order to follow the course, but helpful to have a background and might be acquired from the study of the 6th chapter of the textbook indicated in the reference material.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons given by the professor and integrated by seminars given by practitioners. Lessons will present the theoretical and conceptual framework and case studies. Lessons will be followed by a field excursion during which applicative examples will be presented and discussed, with the collaboration of practitioners. Attendance of lessons is suggested.
Teaching Resources
Corona et al. (2019) Pianificazione ecologica dei sistemi forestali. 2^ edizione. Compagnia delle Foreste, Arezzo. The book is available as hard (…) or digital copy (…). Other materials, not necessary to pass the exam, but useful for a complete learning experience, particularly for the practical, either real or virtual, will be handed through the University's moodle platform.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Final oral exam with the aim to verify: a) knowledge of the theoretical and conceptual framework; b) ability to apply the theoretical and conceptual concepts acquired to a given issue; c) ability to present ideas and opinions in line with the planning tools and case studies presented during the course and the theoretical and conceptual framework. The exam program includes all chapters of the textbook (see reference material), apart from the 6th and the 13th, and do not change between attending and not attending students. Students who do not have previous silvicultural knowledges, are invited to study also the 6th chapter.
Practicals: 24 hours
Lessons: 36 hours
Professor: Sitzia Tommaso