MARTELOSCOPE: A Training Aid for Improving Marking Skills in Continuous Cover Silviculture
Topic of the practice
A Marteloscope is a field-oriented educational and training tool that is able to demonstrate many aspects of silviculture.
Good Practice Information
A Marteloscope (from the French-term, martelage: marking trees to cut) is a permanent plot within the forest in which tree measurements and associated software are linked to provide a framework for in-forest training in selection and marking and as part of integrated training in Continuous Cover Forest Management. It is also recognized as a useful tool to make people aware of the importance of forest management.
The forest plot is a 1 hectare area of over 300 trees, in which every tree is numbered and described with specie, diameter, volume, quality, geographical coordinates, economical criteria, ecological criteria, description of external aspects (holes, injuries, decays, mistletoe, sanitary problems etc). The Marteloscope software allows to make a fictitious exercise of "hammering" that is to point trees to be cut. At the end of the exercise, each participant can see what would be the consequences of his actions/ choices. The tool also allows to train the foresters to implement new directives linked to climate change.
There are two target group of the training:
1) people from wood industry (private and public forest managers) who come to train and to improve their technical knowledge;
2) non foresters who aim to increase their awareness of forest management.
The expected results of the training include: better knowledge of multifunctional forest management, better understanding of the most fundamental action of sylviculture : the choice of trees to be harvested and improved approaches to well-balanced management of forests.
Evidence of success
Since 2009, 70 persons (forest stakeholders: forest managers and private forest owners) have been trained to improve their capacity to manage forests. 150 other persons (forest professionnal or non-professional) have visited the plot and have discovered different aspects of forest management, especially in a context of climate change.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
CRPF Auvergne Regional Center of Private Forest Property of Auvergne