SKOG230 Resource Economics and Planning in Forestry

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Aija Maarit Irene Kallio

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:250 hours

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.

About this course

  • Biological, technical, economical and societal background for the problems considered.
  • Analyses of individual actions (e.g., planting, thinning, fertilization, alternative logging options, investments in machines and roads, maturity of the forest stand for clear-cutting, provision of ecosystem services) from an economic perspective.
  • Analyses at property level (objective and guidelines, effect of taxation, use of bio-economic modelling for long-term analyses, risk, valuation of forest/forest property).

Learning outcome


  • The student should obtain knowledge about the main economic decisions in forestry.
  • The student should be familiar with the main principles of valuation of forest/forest property.


The students should be able to prioritise between different forest management and investment alternatives according to criteria for an economically effective resource use under given ecological conditions.

General competence:

The students should be able to analyse the impacts of short- and long-term choices connected to planning and management of a forest property.

  • Lectures with exercises and discussions. Independent studies. Project work. Problem solving.
  • Canvas. Teachers are available for questions during the teaching semester.
  • SKOG100
  • Final exam (3 hours).

  • The external examiner approves and evaluates the final examination and reviews the teaching arrangements together with the course responsible.
  • Three hand-in assignments in forest economics, and exercises (ca. 8 hours) and a term paper on forest planning.

    To pass the course, the assignments and the term paper must be approved/passed.

  • Lectures with exercises in class circa 80 hours. In addition, compulsory assignments.
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)