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Adapt for primary grades

Topic: Caring for you and our forests


Classroom handouts:

We have requested that each class have the following:

National Forest Week 2002

Theme: Taking Care of You and Our Forests

Introduction: (About 3 minutes)

Setting the Hook:

1) In my job, I work in the bush. I wear this cruising vest and carry some equipment with me (show them what you have in pockets)
2) Why do we cut down or harvest trees? (Take 3-4 answers and then ask what items are made from wood?)
3) Define environment. The environment is everything around you. (air, land, water)
Raise your hands if you think it is important to think about the environment when cutting down trees. Why? (Take 3-4 answers)

Part 1: Managing Our Forests

The forest industry (loggers, foresters, technicians and mill workers, etc.) has to think about how their work affects the environment. This is the law. Lets look at ways in which we (forest industry companies) try to protect our environment.

There are a number of steps that must happen when forest companies are planning to harvest (cut down trees) trees from our forests. This is much like completing a puzzle.

Picture #1 – Pre-Harvest Planning

Picture #2 – Harvest

Picture #3 – Site Preparation

Picture #4 – Reforestation (Making sure we have new trees.)

Picture #5 – Brushing and Weeding


Picture #6 – Spacing and thinning

Picture #7 – Protection

Picture #8 – Nursery

Part 2 – Harvesting and the Environment

Brainstorm Activity:

1. Who or what uses the forest? (take up to 6 responses)
2. What concerns for the environment might the different users of the forest have when it comes to logging? (have teacher record on board 4-5 responses)

Overhead #1 – Water

Overhead #2 - Fish & Wildlife

Overhead #3 – Habitat & Biodiversity

Overhead #4 – Range

Overhead #5 – Recreation

Overhead #6 – Archaeology & First Nations

Overhead #7 – Aesthetics

Overhead # 8 – Timber

If time, elaborate on the following.

Part 3 – Manufacturing & Environment

Let’s take a look at what local mills are doing to help protect your environment

Today, no part of the tree is wasted. Waste wood is used to produce new products and to produce electricity. Other waste is used for landscaping and sewage treatment.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of these waste products: (samples in bag)

Place overhead on projector

Companies are taking responsibility to protect the air, land and water and to recycle

Refer to large photos or include other photos of your choice. You will want to limit the amount of detail here – stick to what you feel is most important You may end up showing only 1-2 photos.

#1. Electrostatic Precipitator (Riverside, Armstrong)

#2. Cogeneration Plant (with precipitators-Armstrong, Riverside)

#3. Vats and Storm Filtration Ponds (front and back of picture)

Stormwater treatment:

#4. Forklift - an example of recycling
(Perhaps read actual list of things that can be recycled (in bold) – there won’t be time to elaborate but you could take one or two if time permits)

You’d be surprised to learn about all of the different ways that parts of the forklift can be recycled

Wrap Up
If time: have students give you some new information they learned from your presentation
: have them tell you some good environmental news that they learned
:more information on clothing

Handouts: Activity sheet/Wooden puzzle
Solving this wooden puzzle can take many different paths. Planning environmentally for forestry and manufacturing can also take many different paths to reach the end goal. We will continue to make protecting “our” environment one of our goals.