Forest Ecology

Environmental Issues
| 4th Grade - Adult
| Half Day 3 hrs
| Moderate


Students will travel through the woods to gain a balanced appreciation of both the living forest and wood as a harvested resource. Fieldwork may involve planting, brushing around seedlings and bud capping to discourage deer predation. This course will challenge them to make a simple forest management plan, and choose ways to manage personal consumption to maintain forest sustainability.


Upon completion of the Forestry class, students will be able to:

  • Identify the major tree species at Wolf Ridge.
  • Define the following forestry terms: cord, acre, plantation, succession, ecosystem, pioneer species, climax species, snag, diversity (age and species), clear cut, selective cut, erosion, habitat, pollution, sustainable.
  • Recognize and evaluate the multiple uses of a forest (timber, wildlife, water, recreation).
  • Demonstrate forest protection practices such as releasing, bud capping and crosscut sawing.
  • Design a simple forest management plan.
  • Choose ways to manage personal consumption in order to maintain forest sustainability.