Prospective foresters can not do with only theoretical education - opinion
The expert on forestry and multipurpose forest management, Swiss forester with 35 years experience, Erich Oberholtser was extremely busy during his visit within the Ukrainian-Slovak cross-border project "Lifelong training of foresters for better forest management". In addition to participating in two joint field training seminars in Ukraine and Slovakia, lectures on forestry close to nature, practical exercises on the plots created under the project, Mr Oberholtser delivered a lecture on uneven forestry to students of the Department of Forestry of Uzhgorod National University.
Erich Oberholtser in his presentation described the main characteristics of close to nature forestry and its fundamental distinguishing features, the history of this approach emerging in Switzerland and the current situation, including the economic aspects of uneven forestry.
Mr. Erich talked with students about motivation to become a forester. He asked students what incited them to study forestry, and to encourage them he told his own story. He also stressed the importance of practical training, as for him personally 11 months of practical work in the woods after three years of theoretical studies were a real "breakthrough". He urged the students to go into the woods, watch and learn how to manage them from nature.