Introductory aspects and general references - Land planning, woods and areas with limited human settlement: current role in reference to "sustainable development" and the main UN environment conventions (desertification, climate and biodiversity). The forest "subject of rights."
Growth and yield - Growth of individual stems: characterization, stem analysis, the method of the median diameter, Pressler general formula and its simplifications for standing trees. Forests growth: characterization, estimation methods. Estimation of forests growth potential, yield tables, growth patterns. Forest growth and yield terms and interrelations: total, current and principal mass, average, current and percent increment, first, second and third "law."
Management of productive forests (or of forest commons) - Regulatory framework, classical forest management logic. Main forest planning reference models: evenaged, all-aged. Structure of the forest plan document, organization of the planning development work. Methods for determining yield and plan the harvests.
Sustainable forest management - Holistic approach, the scientific-cultural paradigm, systemic management, public participation in forest planning. Forest management certification processes. Framing the Regional Environmental Forestry Plan (PFAR), the Territorial Forest Plan for Arci Grighine district. The "Vallombrosa management plan and silvomuseo", Patrone’s plan.
Exercises, in the laboratory and in the woods, possibly in coordination with the mensuration and sivliculture courses: analysis of forest structure, volume and volume increments measures, forest management planning survey