Training objective: at the end of the course the student can consciously participate in the development of a forest plan. Expected students learning results: Ability to describe each steps of a sustainable forest planning process, illustrate other spatial planning tools with which forest planning process must be integrated, to distinguish among different forest planning approaches and derived methods and systems with particular reference to forest planning of a single forest property ("Piano di assestamento forestale"). Ability to recognize, apply and discuss the concepts and methods of forest planning covered by classroom lessons, during practical exercises in planned forest areas.
The concept of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) The functions of the forest. Planning as a tool for sustainable, multifunctional forest management Different level of forest planning in Italy. Steps of land and forest planning Goals, objectives and actors of forest planning Data collection; mandatory knowledge about environmental socio-economic factors of the woodland to be planned Forest compartments and other basic territorial units of a forest under management. How to divide a forest ownership into compartments The concept of fully regulated evenaged normal forest. Rotation. Criteria to choose the rotation. Yield tables. Methods to calculate the allowable cut of evenaged normal forest. The area control methods for the management of coppices. Volume control methods for hogh forests: the Austrian methods, the Paulsen-Hundeshagen principle and derived formulas The management of the normal unevenaged forest. The reverse j shaped curve; the cutting cycle. How calculate the allowable cut. Management methods which do not refer to a normal forest model: the silvicultural method; the control method. Forest management facing the challenges of global change. Overcoming the normal forest: from prediction to control. Management "close to nature" in its various expressions. The forest as a complex and adaptive biological system. Systemic management. Planning forests with prevalent function of protection from natural hazards. Landscape-scale forest planning: general characteristics, peculiarities, benefits, operational phases. The participatory process in forest planning.