Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Forestry

There are four videos to choose from to learn about sustainable forestry management.

The first two are better for younger kids, the second two will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or more!

You may see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project. 

High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects in the Projects section.

Take A Deeper Dive!

Uganda has undertaken some incredible sustainable forestry initiatives in order to protect its forests. Protecting the forests has not only supported animal and plant species which were at risk, but strengthened the economy and provided new jobs.

Alan Watson-Featherstone, the founder of Trees for Life, made a life-long commitment to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest. This video explains the management processes used to support a sustainable future and restore natural habitats.

An incredible story of how degraded gorse-infested farmland in New Zealand, was regenerated into native forest over the course of 30 years. Botanist Hugh Wilson shares his personal experience of working in the Hinewai Nature Reserve.

Activities

Draw the Structure of a Tree

Use this website to help you draw a labelled diagram of a tree.

You should label:

  • The crown
  • Leaves
  • Trunk
  • Branches
  • Roots

Now draw a cross-section of a tree trunk and label:

  • Bark
  • Cambium
  • Sapwood
  • Heartwood
  • Pith

Now add details to explain the role of each of the parts.

Remember to include your diagram and notes in your portfolio.

Decorate Four Seasons Trees

Throughout the seasons, there are many different environmental pressures. Deciduous trees shed their leaves during the autumn (fall) months to conserve energy and survive winter. Take a look at this process by watching this drone video by David Mustac.

Follow the instructions below to make your own four seasons trees.

You will need:

  • Four seasons tree template: British English Version or American English Version, both from craftsonsea.co.uk
  • Printer
  • Thick printer paper or white card
  • Colouring pens/markers/crayons/paints
  • Optional: glue, pompoms, scrap fabric, ink and stamps – be creative!

Instructions:

  1. Print the template
  2. Decorate one tree for each season: Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall), Winter. You may wish to use paint dots or coloured markers to draw leaves, or perhaps get creative with collage techniques.

Remember to take a photo of your tree and include it in your portfolio.

Find Out Which Trees are in Your Local Area

Identifying tree types is the first stage in managing a forest.

Without this knowledge, you will not be able to research the best way to keep the forest sustainable.

Use one of the guides below to help you identify the trees in your local area. Take a photo or draw a quick sketch of any species you find, and be sure to add the species name once you have correctly identified it. This handy guide will give you some clues as to which characteristics you should look for.

Remember to ask an adult for permission to undertake this activity, and before installing any apps.

Identification guides:

Include photographs and sketches in your portfolio.

Project(s)

Write a Poem or Song About the Forest

Being in the forest can be a relaxing experience and positive for our mental health. Ask permission from an adult to go to your favourite space in your local forest, park or garden. Find a space under a tree and close your eyes.

While you’re sitting under your chosen tree, think about why you chose this place. How is this place linked to you? How do you feel when you are sitting here?

Drawing on your experience, write a short poem or song about the tree or forest. 

Consider:

  • The best kind of poem to express this
  • If you’re writing a song, consider the type of music you choose to add to the purpose of the words

Upload it to your portfolio as a written piece, or record it as a video.

Write a Newspaper Article on the Ugandan Sustainable Forestry Project

Forest management in Uganda is a necessity, and planting more trees has become vital for the communities living there. Watch the video and make notes on how the sustainable forest project can benefit both the local communities and the local economy. Think about how the local people’s attitudes to forest management have changed, and the different ways that they have ensured sustainability.

When you have conducted your research, create a newspaper report to share your findings. You could choose to write this by hand, or you could use a template such as these ones from Flipsnack.

Use this guide to help you structure your article.

REMEMBER: Please ask an adult before signing up to Flipsnack. There is a free service available that requires a login.

Include a copy of your article in your portfolio.

Advanced Project(s)

Choose at least one.

Write a Television Programme or Book Review

Upload your review to your portfolio.

Create a Powerpoint or Google Slides Presentation

Use PowerPoint or Google Slides to create a presentation about the benefits of sustainable forestry. Think through the 5Ws (who, what, where, why, when) when deciding what information to include. 

Make sure that there is at least one slide addressing each of:

  • What unsustainable forestry looks like
  • The dangers of unsustainable forestry
  • What sustainable forestry looks like
  • The benefits of sustainable forestry

You could also include:

  • Information on different approaches to sustainable forestry around the world
  • Success stories for forestry rejuvenation projects
  • Case studies for animal species benefiting from sustainable forestry projects

Useful links:

The Rainforest Alliance

Remember to include your presentation in your portfolio.

Books

Read Aloud Book(s)