Students develop an understanding of the practices for maintaining a healthy forest ecosystem through the help of professional foresters. They learn species identification, forest structure and dynamics, and a variety of management approaches.
The Forestry section of the NH Envirothon will deal with the basic knowledge of forest types and facts that influence their diversity and use. Generally, your study should concentrate on the basics of how trees function and their importance to the forest ecosystem. You should focus on forest types, composition, identification and characteristics, important insects and diseases of New Hampshire forests, and the benefits of forest land and forest management practices. The Forestry test will also include a few questions on the impact of nitrates and phosphates on water quality, and methods to reduce these impacts in agricultural and forest settings.
Current Year Resources
i-Naturalist - identifying trees, plants, pests, invasive species, wildlife signs
Seek - identifying flora and fauna - experts weigh-in - an app by iNaturalist
Forestry Measurements, Calculations & Tools
Matter and Energy Teacher Resource: http://beetlesproject.org/resources/for-program-leaders/matter-energy-ecosystems/#1447702870437-ba804ab5-cb15
Matter and Energy Student Activity: http://beetlesproject.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Matter-and-Energy-Diagram.pdf
How to measure or use...
Tree Factory Activity: https://www.mobot.org/education/documents/Trees_Demystified.pdf
Past Land-use & Management
Reading the Forested Landscape, by Tom Wessels
Reading the Forested Landscape Videos by Tom Wessels
Forest Forensics: A Fiield Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape, by Tom Wessels
Possible apps to use...
GLOBE Observer App - Measures tree height. Phone must have magnetometer to use.
Forestry Connection to 2022 Current Issue:
Pests and Invasive Species
Forestry Resource Team
Dawn Dextraze, Education & Outreach Specialist, Sullivan County Natural Resources Dept. and Conservation District, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Hoey, US Army Corps of Engineers, Karen.W.Hoey@usace.army.mil
Josh Levesque, US Army Corps of Engineers, email@example.com
Kyle Lombard, Forest Health Program Coordinator, NH Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources, Kyle.Lombard@dncr.nh.gov
Sue Cox, Conservation Education, US Forest Service, firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha Schupp, Park Ranger, Army Corps of Engineers, Samantha.N.Schupp@usace.army.mil