Evaluate a Forest
Objective: Map and design a management plan for a small forest transect
Science Skills: Evaluate, Infer, Communicate, Problem Solve, Design and Implement Solutions
Life Skills: Wise Use of Resources, Communication
Examine and discuss the map “Washington State Small Forest Land Owners.” Ask questions about size and density of privately owned small forests in your county. What happens when a forest is harvested? How often is a family owned forest harvested?
Call ahead to see if you can schedule a field day to one of the forestry sites in “It’s All Connected.” Identify a local independent forester willing to let the youth study their forest and answer questions.
What You Will Need: GPS, pencil, ruler, string, washer, protractor, measuring tape, calculator, colored plastic ribbon, Forest Stewardship Plan
Activity: Complete a Forest Stewardship Inventory or a small transect of a local forest. Talk about your findings with the forest owner/manager.
- Print off a copy of the Forest Stewardship Plan
- Find a small forest you can study
- Identify the parameters of your ploy/transect and mark them off or record the coordinates with a GPS
- Complete the inventory identifying as much as you can
- Report your findings to the forest manager
Asking the Right Questions: How do all the elements of an ecosystem contribute in constructing a forest plan?
Finished this Activity?
Map of Washington State Small Forest Land Owners (pdf)
4-H Forest Stewardship Plan (pdf)
Backyard Forestry in Western Washington (pdf)
US Forest Service: Citizen Scientists
Washington DNR Forest Practices
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Washington Farm Forestry Association
Arbor Day Foundation: Back Yard Woods
Interested in helping youth learn about this Natural Resource? Contact your 4-H Educator to be considered as an educational resource!