Go to Forestry Practice Exercise and Sample Questions

The Science of Forestry is a lot more than just the study of Botany. Forests are dynamic ecosystems, with numerous factors influencing their development. It is important to understand the cause and effect relationships that impact individual trees, as well as the larger forest community. Forest are precious natural resources that support wildlife, influence water quality and provide numerous marketable goods. Forest management is challenging work that requires a clear understanding of forestry dynamics.

ENVIROTHON Students will be able to:

Understand the basic natural history of Delaware's forests, including:

  • forest land use and ownership
  • the major forest type groups
  • forest products and productivity
Be able to identify primary Delaware trees and shrubs without keys and with and without leaves

Understand and use forest inventory techniques, including:
  • use of maps, aerial photographs, and compass
  • stand volume calculations
  • basal area calculations
Understand forest ecology concepts and factors affecting them, including:
  • the relationship of soil and forest types
  • forest community associations
  • regeneration
  • competition
  • succession
Understand basic forest management objectives and concepts, such as:
  • management of forests for multiple resources, including wildlife, forest products, and watershed protection
  • differences between clearcuts, shelterwood cuts, and group selection cuts
  • Forestry Best Management Practices
Identify major pests (insects and diseases) of forests and understand their impact on the forest community

Identify products that are derived from forests

Understand the value of trees in urban communities and the factors affecting their health and survival

Recognize local, state, and federal regulations that govern forest operations.


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