Forest Landscape Restoration

Subject 220-511 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

September, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Intensive teaching mode

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Equivalent of 24 hours lectures and 36 hours practical work, delivered in a 2 week teaching block.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Lauren Bennett, Dr Sabine Kasel, Dr Stephen John Livesley


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Subject Overview:

This subject covers principles and practices of forest restoration from site to landscape scales. Its focus is ecological aspects of forest landscape restoration, although consideration is also given to socio-economic factors that influence restoration programs. A 3-day field trip demonstrating innovative solutions to forest restoration problems will be the basis for practical work.


At the end of this subject students will have an advanced understanding of:

  • properties of degraded versus functioning ecosystems;
  • need for forest restoration (Australia and elsewhere);
  • types and goals of forest restoration;
  • planning, legislation, incentive schemes relevant to forest restoration;
  • forest restoration strategies and methods (including harnessing natural processes);
  • properties of landscape matrices (including planning for climate change);
  • indicators of forest function and restoration success at different scales (from molecular to plant/animal populations to landscape processes);
  • benefits of forest restoration.

An assignment of 1000 words (20%), an oral presentation (30%), an assignment of 2500 words (50%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Mansourian, S., Vallauri, D., Dudley, N. (2005) Forest restoration in landscapes: beyond planting trees. Springer, London, 437 pg.

Rietbergen-McCracken, J., Maginnis, S., Sarre,A (2007).The Forest Landscape Restoration Handbook. Earthscan, London, 175pp.

Walker, L.R., Walker, J., Hobbs, R.J. (2007) Linking Restoration and Ecological Succession. Springer, New York, 190pp.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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Related Course(s): Master of Forest Ecosystem Science

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