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UNIVERSITY OF FORESTRY

Faculty of Forestry

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DEPARTMENT OF SILVICULTURE
The Department of Silviculture is the successor of the first department in the field of forestry – Special Silviculture (established 1923) and General Silviculture (established in 1931), which merged in 1976.

Department of Special Silviculture was established in 1923 to the then Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Sofia. Its first head was Associate Professor Todor Dimitrov, who became the first full professor in the field of forestry in Bulgaria in 1930. He remained head of the Department until his death in 1938. After him the Department was headed by Prof. Boyan Zahariev until 1976. In the 1940s the name of the Department was changed to Forest plantations. During the period 1974–1976 the Department of Dendrology and wood anatomy joined the then Department of Forest plantations, but this lasted only for two years. 

The Department of General Silviculture was founded in 1931 and until 1945 its first head was Professor Methodi Ruskov, followed by the professors Acad. Boris Stefanov (for period 1945–1949), prof. Nikola Penev (1949–1964), Acad. Mako Dakov (1964–1971) and prof. Ivan Dobroinov (1971–1976).

After merging the two departments into one in 1976, the department was headed by Prof. Vlassi Vlassev (1976–1979), Prof. Petar Kostov (1979–1982), Acad. Mako Dakov (1982–1989), Prof. Slavcho Iliev (1989–1993), Prof. Georgy Rafailov (1994–2004), and since 2004 by Assoc. Prof. Georgi Kostov.
Many people worked in the Department in different periods, among them:

  • in Department of Special Silviculture – Prof. Bozhin Bogdanov, Prof. Venko Kalinkov, Prof. Nedyalko Delkov, Prof. Slavcho Iliev, Prof. Lyubomir Vandev, Assoc. Prof. Gunyo Gunev, Assoc. Prof. Maria Nikolova D.Sc., Prof. Dimitar Pavlov, Assoc. Prof. Zhelez Donchev, Prof. Iliya Vakarelov, Assoc. Prof. Tsvetana Macedonska, Dr. Vladimir Tsonev.
  • in Department of General Silviculture – Prof. Bonko Zashev, Dr. Angel Georgiev, Assoc. Prof. Roman Florov, Prof. Victor Donov, Prof. Svetla Gencheva, Prof. Kitka Yorova, Prof. Georgy Rafailov, Assoc. Prof. Velichko Gagov, Prof. Elena Zheleva. 
  • in Department of Silviculture – Prof. PhD Vasil Stiptzov , Assoc. Prof. PhD Dimitar Stoyanov, Assoc. Prof. Nayden Chakarov, Assoc. Prof. Plamen Alexandrov, Chief. Assist. Prof. PhD Boyko Nedelin, Chief. Assist. Prof. PhD Martin Borisov.

The staff consists of 1 professor, 3 associate professors, 3 chief assistant professors and 1 assistant professor. They teach 17 subjects as follows:

Lecturers Faculty Degree Classes
Assoc. Prof. PhD Georgi Kostov – Head of Department Faculty of Forestry Bachelor General silviculture
Master World forestry
Multifunctional forest management
Faculty of Ecology and Landscape Architecture Bachelor Basic silviculture
Prof. PhD Milko Milev Faculty of Forestry Bachelor Seeds and nursery production and forestations
Master Forest plantations
Assoc. Prof. PhD Krasimira Petkova Faculty of Forestry Bachelor Seeds and nursery production and forestations
Basics of agroforestry
Master Agroforestry systems
Faculty of Ecology and Landscape Architecture Bachelor Technology for recultivation of damaged soils and territories – part „Afforestations“
Master Stands against hazards
Faculty of Agronomy Bachelor Agroforestry
Assoc. Prof. PhD Nasko Iliev Faculty of Forestry Bachelor Seeds and nursery production and forestations
Master Forest plantations
Faculty of Business Management Master Creation of new forests
Chief. Assist. Prof. PhD Slavcho Savev Faculty of Forestry Bachelor Non-timber forest resources
Mushroom and medicinal plants cultivation
Management on non-timber resources in protected areas
Master Multifunctional forest management
Faculty of Business Management Bachelor Forest resources – part
Chief. Assist. Prof. PhD Neno Aleksandrov Faculty of Forestry Bachelor General silviculture
Master World forestry
Faculty of Business Management Bachelor Forest management
Faculty of Ecology and Landscape Architecture Bachelor Basic silviculture
Chief. Assist. Prof. PhD Kalin Karamfilov Faculty of Forestry Bachelor General silviculture
Master Multifunctional forest management
World forestry
Assist. Prof. PhD Teodor Totev Nedelin Faculty of Forestry Bachelor Non-timber forest resources
Mushroom and medicinal plants cultivation
Management on non-timber resources in protected areas
Faculty of Business Management Bachelor Forest resources – part
Assoc. Prof. PhD Ivaylo Velichkov Faculty of Forestry Master Forest certification
PhD Anna Petrakieva Faculty of Forestry Master Forest pedagogics
 
Since 2004 the Department is headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georgy Kostov.

The educational and research work in the Department is focused to the following areas:

  • Close-to-nature and sustainable forest management;
  • Forest ecology, forest stand dynamics and dynamics of forest resources;
  • Seed production, nursery production and afforestation;
  • Applying multiple forestry;
  • Rational use and regeneration of non-timber forest resources;
  • Multifunctional forest management and multifunctional forest planning;
  • Quality Management in Forest sectorц
  • Forest certification;
  • Forestry pedagogics.

Silviculture2017From left to right: Eng. Kristian Kolev, Eng. Lyudmila Mladenova, Assoc. Prof. PhD Nasko Iliev, Chief Assist. Prof. PhD Kalin Karamfilov, Assist. Prof. PhD Teodor Nedelin, Prof. PhD Milko Milev, Assoc. Prof. PhD Krasimira Petkova, Assoc. Prof. PhD Georgi Kostov, Chief Assist. Prof. PhD Slavcho Savev, Chief Assist. Prof. PhD Neno Alexandrov, Eng. Asya Milenkova, Eng. Martin Georgiev, Eng. Lyubka Varbeva

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