Sustainable Forest Management

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College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science


According to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2017), the human population is expected to increase from 7.4 billion to an estimated 11 bfflion by 2100. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, there are more than 250 school forests in Michigan alone, making this unit a realistic option for teachers throughout the nation. When the forest is ready to harvest, students will present their plan to the school and township boards. [...]that time, the students' culminating activities provide a snapshot of the forest's current status in reference to all the management applications in the plan, including change in its basal area, implications for wildlife, and carbon storage. Since I have started bringing my students into the school forest to learn these basic management techniques, a number of students have gone on to major in the environmental sciences, and they have told me that the same material they learned in seventh grade is covered in their college courses.

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