Forest management is becoming increasingly complex as forest industries move towards sustainable management practices and the need to meet multiple objectives from their forestry activities. This is especially so in the tropics.
Forest and logging managers are now being called on to deal not only with profitable forest operations, but as well, to deal with difficult environmental and social issues.
As a result, developing the appropriate skills to successfully manage logging operations that meet the goals of sustainable tropical forestry, which includes social and environmental elements, has become an important requirement for managers in the forest sector.
To meet the skill needs of logging managers, the Sarawak Timber Association (STA) and Lincoln University in New Zealand, with cooperation from the Sarawak Forestry Corporation and the Sarawak Forest Department, have developed this Postgraduate Diploma for managers in the logging industry.
Postgraduate diploma - Master's degree start
The 18 subjects that make up the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (Sustainable Tropical Forest Management) cover a wide range of topics. Unlike other postgraduate subjects at Lincoln University, each subject in this degree is worth 6.67 credits rather than 20 credits. This means that the 18 subjects in this degree are the equivalent of 6 of the standard 20 credit subjects taught at Lincoln University in a postgraduate diploma. Each subject corresponds to a one-week teaching module.
The teaching format is designed around the needs of working managers. All subjects will be taught in Sarawak and offered as intensive block courses. Students are given course materials that will be used during the intensive block courses and for self study at other times. Students have access to online resources from the Library at Lincoln University, as well as access to the Sarawak Timber Association (STA) Resource Centre.
Students who successfully complete all subjects are awarded a Lincoln University Postgraduate Diploma. For those who are interested in further study, the Postgraduate Diploma provides entry to a Masters degree.
The 18 subjects that make up the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (Sustainable Tropical Forest Management) cover a wide range of topics.
FORS 635 Planning and Implementing Forest Certification
Implementation of forest certification in logging operations, the audit process, and systems for monitoring and continuous improvement of logging operations.
FORS 623 Communities and Forests
Overview of local community use of forest resources, governance, and resource management systems.
FORS 622 Regulation of Forest Management in Sarawak
Overview of forest management regulation in Sarawak.
FORS 625 Natural Forest Silviculture
Natural forest silvicultural systems and management approaches.
FORS 629 Reduced Impact Logging
Overview of the requirements for planning and implementing reduced impact logging.
FORS 632 Log Grades and Wood Processing
Overview of wood-using industries, raw material requirements and the link to log grading systems and log measurement. Log and wood identification.
FORS 624 Elements of Forest Biology
Overview of tropical forest biology and ecology. Identification and silvics of major tree and timber species in Sarawak.
FORS 628 Harvesting and Roading
Overview of harvesting systems and planning for reduced impact logging. Road layout, skid trail planning, and coupe and block design.
FORS 633 Wood Quality
Overview of wood structure and how this affects wood properties. Overview of measures of wood properties and techniques for measuring wood properties.
FORS 637 Environmental Management for Certification
Identification, measurement and development of planning requirements for environmental values in tropical forests.
FORS 636 Communities and the Forest Industry
Overview of sources of conflict and conflict resolution between local communities and forestry companies.
FORS 626 Plantation Silviculture
Plantation silviculture, establishment and management.
FORS 631 Economics of Forest Management
Application of economic principles and tools to the analysis of forest management decisions.
FORS 627 Planning and Mapping Forestry Operations
Legal and operational requirements of forest planning. Cartography, GIS and remote sensing for forest planning. Forest inventory for large-scale planning.
FORS 630 Logging Economics
Application of economic principles and tools to an analysis of profitability of logging operations.
FORS 621 The Global Forest Industry
An overview of the global forest industry, including forests, production and trade.
FORS 638 Managing Certified Forests
Theory and concepts about sustainable management of forest resources, forest certification systems and their application to tropical forest management in Sarawak.
FORS 634 Resource and Industrial Planning
Overview of the principles of industrial planning for the wood products sector, including log recovery and flows, infrastructure requirements, transport and markets.