Sustainable Forest Management

Subject FRST90021 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 60 hours lectures and practical exercises
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Melbourne School of Land & Environment (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Sustainable forest management involves the integration of a wide range of economic, environmental and social values. This subject presents the basis for sustainable forest management, the policy framework governing forest management, the scientific basis of landscape ecology and tools and techniques for analysis, design of management practices in forest landscapes and processes for successful development and implementation of forest management plans.


At the completion of this subject students will have a sound understanding of:

  • Principles of forest management planning, sustainable land use and environmental management systems.
  • The policy framework for forest management, including: international conventions, national and state forest management, biodiversity and sustainability policies and codes of forest practice
  • Techniques in forest landscape design and planning, including; optimisation and zoning of forest land uses; reserve design; integration of multiple objectives such as biodiversity conservation, carbon, timber production and water supply; spatial analysis and presentation; public consultation; management plan preparation, implementation and review

In class exercises, participation and presentation 60%, major assignment 40%

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:
  • I.S. Ferguson, Sustainable Forest Management
  • J. Bissonette, L. Storch, Landscape Ecology and Resource Management: Linking Theory with Practice
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Sustainable Forests

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