We cannot survive on this planet without forests. They provide habitat, food, medicine, lumber, jobs, recreation, and oxygen to our ecosystem. In addition they keep CO2 levels balanced in our atmosphere, acting as a carbon reservoir. but each year we lose close to 10 million ha of forest. How do we slow that? Sustainable forestry balances the need for these forest based resources and economic benefits while maintaining the long term heath of the forest. In this lesson, students will be introduced to a forest ecosystem. They will complete a forest scavenger hunt, walking through and finding examples of forest benefits. Students will also learn about ecological succession and the carbon cycle. A field trip to an actual forest in Flathead National Forest, Montana is included. The students will hear how the owner of the property is practicing sustainable forestry.
Scavenger hunt items can include: food items like bananas, nuts and berries, apples animals that in forests like a fox, deer, birds, rabbit, snake wood and lumber products like a chair, a house, a table, etc paper products like office paper or an open book decorations like a Christmas tree or a wreath people in the forest walking for recreation The letter O for oxygen The letter C for carbon A $ sign to represent jobs