Study programmes / B-ARB Arboristics / Introduction to Forestry
Course code:ZLES
Course title in language of instruction:Základy lesnictví
Course title in Czech:Základy lesnictví
Course title in English:Introduction to Forestry
Mode of completion and number of credits:Fulfillment of requirements (3 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/0; part-time, 10/0
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week; part-time, lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:WS 2018/2019 - FFWT
Name of lecturer:Ing. Robert Knott, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Prerequisites:Applied Mathematics for Arborists or now Applied Mathematics for Arborists
Aims of the course:To inform students about basic knowledge on forest, on fundamental benefits of for-ests in terms of their wood-producing and non-wood-producing functions using phy-totechnical means to achieve them. To teach students to determine and evaluate ba-sic properties of forest stands, to asses their relationship to fulfil the functions. To support the ability of student to be acquinted with the problems and knowledge of forestry in the Czech Republic and apply these skills in the framework of their professional work and growth. The gradual development of familiarization the students with the forestry problem should lead to better orientation, recognition and analysis of common management methods and schemes, which should improve the communication of students with experts of different specialisation.
Course contents:
1.Introduction to Forestry (allowance 0/0)
a.Introduction into the subject study. Forest establishment, silviculture and forest protection, forest management planning, forest harvesting, economics and management of forestry. Relationships between subjects, definition of the subject "Fundamentals of forestry".
b.Development of forests on the Earth and in Central Europe. Development of forests in relation to the development of society, natural forest and cultivated forest. Ecology of natural forests. The forest as an ecosystem, biological production, succession, forest ecosystem stability. Factors of an organism and modifications of their functioning. Properties of production forests. Economic production, regularities of the development of stands, stability of production forests.
c.Fundamentals of forest typology. Typing of natural growth conditions. Typological system of the Institute for Forest Management Planning, management groups of stands, their creation, importance and their position in the typological system.
d.Systems of forest management. High forest (forest of seed origin), management of even-aged stands and its forms, selection system of management, close-to-nature forest management. Coppice forest and coppice-with-standards.
e.Silviculture. Regeneration of forest stands. Selection of tree species and methods of regeneration, preparation of regenerated areas, natural regeneration, conditions of natural regeneration, methods of natural regeneration. Artificial regeneration. Principles of seed production, basics of nursery management, seeding, regeneration by plants, repair planting and enrichment planting, care of advance growth and plantations. Stand tending. Theoretical principles of tending, tending of young stands, tending of middle-age stands, pruning of forest trees and their stands. Principles of phytotechnics in stands of important species. Working systems, models of tending - spruce management, pine management, beech management, oak management.
f.Protection of forest stands. Protection from damages caused by abiotic factors (wind, snow, icing, frost, insolation. Protection from damages caused by biotic factors - main insect pests, main species of wood-destroying fungi, methods of protection from these harmful factors.
g.Forest harvesting. Properties of wood according to particular species, methods of logging, tools, mechanisms.
h.Forest management planning and forest mensuration. Determination of growing stock, types of increments in forest management, deducing the amount of intermediate felling and regeneration felling, management groups of stands, general directions for management according to management groups of stands.

Learning outcomes and competences:
Specific competences:
-Ability to orientate in the basics of operational records and forest planning (forest management plan and forest maps)
-The ability to identify woody species using morphological characteristics
-The ability to orientate in profile of subject Silviculture, Forest Protection, Forest Utilization, Forest Management and Forest Policy
-The orientation, recognition and analysis of common management methods and management schemes

Type of course unit:optional
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:The credit consists of submitting the reports and passing the final test.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendanceCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture20 h10 h
     field work4 h4 h
     consultation5 h10 h
     preparation for regular assessment45 h50 h
     elaboration of reports10 h10 h
Total84 h84 h

Basic reading list
  • TESAŘ, V. Pěstování lesa v heslech. ÚZPL LDF MZLU v Brně: ÚZPL LDF MZLU v Brně, 1996. 95 p.
Recommended reading list
  • POLENO, Z. -- VACEK, S. -- PODRÁZSKÝ, V. et al. Pěstování lesů. 1st ed. Kostelec nad Černými lesy: Lesnická práce, 2009. 951 p. ISBN 978-80-87154-34-2.
  • PLÍVA, K. -- PRŮŠA, E. Typologické podklady pěstování lesů. 1st ed. Praha: Státní zemědělské nakladatelství, 1969. 401 p. Lesnická knihovna. Knihovna lesního hosp. Malá řada ;.
  • SIMON, J. -- BARTŮNĚK, J. -- ČERMÁK, J. -- KADAVÝ, J. -- MAZAL, P. -- NADĚŽDINA, N. -- PETRÁŠ, R. -- PODLENA, R. -- VACEK, S. Hospodářská úprava lesa (vybrané části). Brno: LDF Mendelu v Brně, 2014. 240 p.
  • KŘÍSTEK, J. et al. Ochrana lesů a přírodního prostředí. Písek: Matice lesnická, 386 p. Učebnice. ISBN 80-86271-08-0.