Forest Management – An Overview

Forest management is a branch of forestry concerned with the overall administrative, economic, legal, and social aspects and with the essentially scientific and technical aspects like protection, and forest regulation. This includes management for aesthetics, recreation, urban values, water, wilderness, wildlife, wood products, forest genetic resources and other forest resource values. Management can be based on conservation, economics, or a mixture of the two.

There has been an increased public awareness of natural resource policy, including forest management. Public concern regarding forest management may have shifted from the extraction of timber for earning money for the economy, to the preservation of additional forest resources, including wildlife and old growth forest, protecting biodiversity, watershed management, and recreation. Increased environmental awareness may contribute to an increased public mistrust of forest management professionals. Nevertheless, it can also lead to greater understanding about what professionals do re forests for nature conservation and ecological services.

Forest management plans are based on and limited by what is biologically/ecologically possible on the area, what is economically and organizationally feasible, and what is socially and politically desirable.

Forest Management courses aims to provide training in management and related areas to the people who aim to get connected with forestry, forest-related industries and commerce. Forest management is also to get acquainted with the practices of the profession of management.

NEW NICHE- Sustainable Forest Management

Forest management plans are usually developed in consultation with communities, organizations, businesses, and citizens involved in the forest tract. Sustainable forest management is not a fixed outcome even after a carefully drawn up plan and societies and forests are in constant flux. Some of the key elements of sustainable forest management are:

  • Policy, legal and institutional framework
  • Socio economic functions
  • Protective functions of all forest resources
  • Productive functions and forest resources
  • Forest health
  • Forest vitality
  • Biological diversity
  • Extent of forest resources

A forest manager in order to sustainably manage a forest means to determine in a tangible manner, how to use it today and still reap the same benefits such as the forests health and productivity in the future. A forest manager in charge of a sustainable forest management program must integrate and assess conflicting factors such as the commercial and non-commercial values, community needs, environmental considerations, and global impact in the producing of a sound forest management plan.