732314 Forest history

Lecture and field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Weigl, Norbert
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


- Forest history in research and teaching, specific questionning and scientific methods;

- Historical periods of using wood and forests;

- Different kinds of forest utilization, their development and changing importance during history, legal conditions, forest utilization dependent on socio-economic demands and technical opportunities;

- Austrian forest history during the 20th century, timber production versus ecological sensitiveness, eco-system management, mountain forestry and small sized forests;

- Sustainable forest management and ecologically adapted silviculture - idealism or historical reality? Silviculture and timber production according to socio-economic, ecological and cultural conditions.

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After attending lectures in forest history, the students should be able to analyse different developments of forest utilization in a greater historical, socio-economical and cultural context. Concerning the possibilities and restrictions in using wood, forests and landscapes, they also should have a wider comprehension, which is not only the result of narrow views and so called typical forest traditions, but the foundation of a fair dialogue between different groups of landscape users and users of natural resources.
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