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Our office is moving in July!

NOTE: June 30, 2022 will be the last day we will be open so we can pack and move.

Research projects and community programs scheduled outside of our physical office will continue as planned. If you need to reach us, email us ( or leave us a message on our voicemail, (360) 778-5806, so we can respond to you as soon as possible.

We will open at our new location on July 18th at: 600 Dupont Street, Bellingham, WA

Forest Farmers – Citizen-Scientist: Skill Level Three

Forest Farmers
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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

Preparation Activities:
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.

  1. Print off a copy of the Forest Stewardship Plan
  2.  Find a small forest you can study
  3. Identify the parameters of your ploy/transect and mark them off or record the coordinates with a GPS
  4. Complete the inventory identifying as much as you can
  5. 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?