First year at Univeristy of Göttingen: Module 6
Forestry in Germany
Course objectives: Basic understanding of the history, recent developments and perspectives in the forestry sector and related industries in Germany.
Course contents: Important aspects of German forestry are introduced to foreign students interested in the forest management as practised in Germany as well as the wood-processing industry. Contents are forest management, silviculture, forest utilisation, labour science and process technology, forest economics, tree improvement and genetics, forest inventory and remote sensing (forest management inventories in Germany, the German National Forest Inventory, applications of remote sensing to forestry planning in Germany).
Teaching and learning methods: Several field trips are intended to give a more detailed overview of (i) Gene conservation and forest tree breeding, (ii) Wood processing and wood biology, (iii) Forest development and processing technology, (iv) Management of community forests, (v) Silviculture of major tree species in Germany, (vi) Road construction and maintenance, harvesting of timber and other forest operations and (vii) Forest assessment and forest planning.
Examination: Oral presentation with a written outline.
Competences acquired: By the end of the module students should be able to have a basic understanding of various aspects of forestry in Germany based on concrete examples.