International Summer School on Forest Planning and Management: Training in New Tools and Techniques

19.06.2017 - 23.06.2017

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An international summer school organised by EFIATLANTIC and hosted by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) was held in Waterford, Ireland from 19 – 23rd June 2017. The summer school formed part of the EFIATLANTIC Capacity Building Programme.

The focus of the summer school was on providing background information, demonstrations and training in the use of the latest tools and techniques for assisting modern forestry professionals.

The overall aim was to provide the very latest information and training in the wide the range of systems already available or coming on-stream that can help in making informed forestry management decisions at the tree, stand and property level.

The course dfield work training with the latest field tools and techniques for assessing tree size and form, timber quality, stand quality and site suitability, and systems for mapping stands and forest properties over large areas using drones, aircraft and satellites.

Hands-on laboratory sessions then followed to learn how these measurements can be used in conjunction with growth models, decision support systems on economics, risk and site quality, and information from National Forest Inventories and other publically available datasets.

The workshop was primarily aimed at professional foresters, forest consultants, managers and owners, forestry policy makers, and postgraduate-level students.

The Society of Irish Foresters  provided sponsorship to two early-career forest professionals attending the course.


Summer School information:

Summer School programme

Field and Laboratory Work Schedule

Summer School flyer








Stephanie Hayes

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