SVN 3M/3E – Environmental Science

Sustainable Forest Management/Tree Identification:

Students work in groups to compare the structure and function of two forest types (Uneven aged deciduous and even aged coniferous). Students complete a variable plot survey assessing the commercial and ecological values of each forest while learning to use common forestry tools (Biltmore sticks, wedge prisms, clinometers).

Students also learn the key anatomical features used to distinguish our most common tree types, discuss various adaptations tree’s exploit to survive in our harsh environment and what the current threats are to tree’s/forests.

This activity can be done either as a full or half day depending on availability.

Key concepts:

  • Compare two distinct forest types (Even vs. uneven aged)
  • Sustainable forestry
  • Forestry in Canada
  • Scientific survey methods
  • Economic and ecological values of forest systems
  • Common forestry terms and equipment
  • Tree Types
  • Tree Anatomy
  • Classification
  • Economic and social values of our most common tree types
  • Current threats to trees and forests in Waterloo Region (ie. Invasive species, global warming, etc…)

Quick Links:

G11_Forest Management_Handout_2016

Tree ID chart 2016

Biltmore Template_25inch