For anyone that teaches a course on Natural Resources, do you include any units on Forestry? I am currently trying to break my semester long natural resource class into quarters- one quarter on Forestry. What do you guys focus on?
I teach Forestry in my Natural Resources course. We focus on tree identification, forest disorders; identification, treatment and prevention, timber cruising and stand density, liberation and harvest cuts, wood products, and fire as a management tool. Also, if you want some great resources for this unit the History Channel has produced three modern marvels that work well within the area of Forestry. They are Logging Tech, Saws, and The Lumberyard. Also, in the unit on cruising timber, you can work with your geometry teacher to explain how a biltmore stick, clinometer, and merritt hysometer work. I have my own, but I believe you can make your own biltmore sticks by going to the following website http://www.ont-woodlot-assoc.org/sw_biltmorestick.html. If you want a decent guide to utilize in determining what to teach, go the the National FFA website and download the Forestry CDE rules. The National Forestry CDE information is more than I teach in class, but it will give you some ideas. I love Forestry, so I have done quite a few activities in this area. If you have any other questions or if you would like some PowerPoints, let me know.-Trent
Thank you so much for the information, all of it really helps me out and gives me some direction. If you wouldn't mind sending me a powerpoint or two on some of the intro lessons you do, that would be wonderful.
No problem. Here are a few PowerPoints I have used in the past. If I remember right I have 't added products yet to the forests and products PowerPoint, but it should still be useful.
Do you have a Project Learning Tree (PLT) program in your state? In New Jersey, our PLT loans out a trunk to teachers for a 3 week period. The trunk comes with a binder of lessons, a biltmore stick, tree cooks, a leaf ID box set, handbooks on tree ID, and a ton of other materials to teach the unit. I borrowed it last year and will be using it again this year after winter break. It's a wonderful resource.
The main PLT site is http://www.plt.org/
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