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.
The Forestry section of the NH Envirothon test will consist of a two-part challenge:
A written section consisting of short answer, multiple choice, and true and false questions on any tree or forest-related topic. The publication “Good Forestry in the Granite State” is a featured reference and has been a source for many of the Forestry test questions over the years. Focus on “Recommended Voluntary Forest Management Practices for New Hampshire” with special reference to the following sections: Regeneration Methods, Water Quality, Forest Management in Riparian Areas, and Stream Crossings and Habitat. All of these publications are available below.
A hands-on field exercise, which will include tree identification, forest measurements and forestry management methods.
Current Year Resources
- Forested Wetlands: Functions, Benefits and the Use of BMPs
- Why Trees Grow Where They Do in New Hampshire Forests – USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. NE-INF-37-39. By William B. Leak and Jane R. Riddle.
- Silvicultural strategies in forest ecosystems affected by introduced pests – Type “Silvicultural strategies in forest ecosystems affected by introduced pests” when searching by title
- Crop Tree Management Quick Reference – USDA Forest Service, State & Private Forestry
- Beech Bark Disease. Background information – Houston, D.R. and J. T. O’Brien. 2007. Beech Bark Disease. Forest Insect & Disease Leaflet 75. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.
- Emerald Ash Borer – Background information on this defoliator.
- Hemlock Woolly Adelgid – Background information on this defoliator.
- Asian Longhorned Beetle – Background information on infestations.
- Gypsy Moth – Background information on this major defoliator of trees in the United States.
- Best Management Practices for Forestry: Protecting Maine’s Water Quality (reference pg.9, How Harvesting Affects Water Quality)
Forestry Resource Team
Dawn Dextraze Sullivan County Conservation District
Josh Levesque US Army Corps of Engineers
Karen Hoey US Army Corps of Engineers
Jennifer Barnhart US Forest Service
Sue Cox US Forest Service
Florence Peterson US Forest Service
Mary Kaur US Forest Service
Karl Honkonen US Forest Service