• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science

Forested landscapes comprise a diversity of treed systems managed for a diversity of objectives and ecosystem services. They include native, plantation, farm and urban forests. They range from ecologically intact to highly simplified systems. Some are managed solely for their intrinsic (non-monetary) values, others managed primarily for commercial production. Management approaches, constraints and opportunities are correspondingly diverse, although all should be underpinned by the principles of system resilience. 

This course considers conceptual frameworks for managing forested landscapes with case studies of native, plantation, farm and urban forestry. Classroom learning is informed by numerous guest speakers and local field trips. We explore the translation of theory, policies and principles into practice by undertaking a major project analysing forest system resilience, policy options and practices of a particular form of forested landscape. We then share our learning with others in the course.  The course complements other Fenner courses on policy and management of natural resources

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of forms of forests and treed landscapes, both internationally and in Australia;
  2. Identify and analyse diversity of values gained from forested landscapes, and the objectives for which they are managed, both internationally and in Australia;
  3. Conduct an analysis of systems resilience and formulate ways the resilience of treed landscapes can be enhanced.
  4. Convincingly communicate you understanding of forest management theory, principles, policies and practices.

Indicative Assessment

    • Resilience Assessment of the Cotter Catchment Landscape Prac (LOs 3,4) (30%)
    • In class test covering lectures (LOs 1,2) (20%)
    • Written project report – a resilience assessment of a treed landscape of your own choosing (LOs 2,3,4) (40%)
    • Seminar presentation of resilience assessment (LOs 2,3,4) (10%)

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    60 contact hours, comprising lectures, seminars, workshops and field classes

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must have completed 72 units towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS4004 or ENVS6026.

    Preliminary Reading

    Resilience Alliance (2013) Key Concepts http://www.resalliance.org/index.php/key_concepts

    Resilience Alliance (2013) Resilience Assessment Workbook. http://www.resalliance.org/index.php/resilience_assessment

    Assumed Knowledge

    ENVS3014 Ecological Assessment and Management is recommended.



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    6 units

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    6.00 0.12500
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    Year Fee
    2017 $3444
    International fee paying students
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    2017 $4590
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    First Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    3132 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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