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Silvicultural systems: general silviculture
Code: G2404A
Teacher:  Giorgio Vacchiano
Year: 
Term: 
CFU: 
CFU subdivision: Lectures: 3
Practices in classroom: 1
Basic aims:  Competences about active gestion of forests, connected
production and function, in order to operate both with public
administrations and private companies
Acquired skills:  To know caracteristics and evolutive tendencies of forests and
their habitat. to determine best form of managing in order of their
long term sostenibility. to recognize best function and production
of every type of forest. To know elements about local and italian
laws. To know species, populations and types of the alps forests.
Course contents:  Elements of forest ecology. Management of coppices, eve, and
uneven-aged high forests. Special silviculture. Forest
management for the supply of regulation ecosystem services.
Elements of forest legislation.
Program:  PART I FOREST ECOLOGY
Definition of forest; forests in Italy and Lombardy
Ecosystem services and sustainable forest management
The tree and its organs
Population and community forest ecology
Forest ecosystems: climate, growth factors, energy fluxes,
biogeochemical cycles
Regeneration strategies
Disturbance ecology
Ecological succession
Description of forest stands

PART II GENERAL SILVICULTURE
Coppice management
Mixed coppice, conversion to high forest, short rotation forestry
Even-aged forestry
Pre-commercial and commercial thinning
Reforestation, seed collection and forest nurseries
Uneven-aged forestry

PART III SPECIAL SILVICULTURE
Forest classification
Special silviculture
Managing direct protection forests
Old growth forests; forest management and biodiversity
Urban forestry
Silviculture and climate change
Post-disturbance restoration
The Italian Forest Act (DLgs 34/2018)
Forest regulation in Lombardy
Close-to-nature forestry
Silviculture and firest fire prevention
Prerequisites:  Basic knowledge in algebra, plant biology, botany
Preparatory instructions:  none
Learning materials:  Power point and electronic material provided by the instructor on
the course website 2018-2019.

Recommended textbook:
P. Piussi, G. Alberti (2015). "Selvicoltura generale. Boschi, societā
e tecniche colturali". Compagnia delle Foreste, Arezzo.
Other info:  Oral test. A forest herbarium (25 specimens) can be prepared and
presented by the students during the test (strongly suggested).
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