Understanding Forests: Education for the General Public
Each day we each use hundreds of products that come from the forest. Some are obvious, such as paper, furniture, and cardboard boxes, but others are less obvious: they include textiles, food additives, and medicines. Forests provide us with over 8000 different products. More importantly, forests are a renewable resource that can provide products perpetually. Further, forests provide a wide range of benefits that are enhanced or sustained by proper management. Most of the water we drink comes from forested watersheds; many species of wildlife depend on forests for diverse and unique habitats; forests provide recreational opportunities that support local tourism; and forests help address greenhouse gas emissions as trees naturally consume carbon dioxide.
In this course, you will learn about forest trees, wildlife, and water. In addition, you’ll learn about forest ecology, history, and management. You'll take away practical, hands-on skills, as well as conceptual knowledge related to forest management. Although this course focuses on Pennsylvania woods, much of the information applies to land in other states as well, particularly those in the Northeast.
- Anyone who wishes to learn more about forests.
- History of Pennsylvania forests
- Current trends in forest ownership and management
- Importance of forests and forest ecosystems
- How to identify abiotic, biotic, and cultural factors that shape ecosystems
- Concepts of wildlife habitat and management
- How to use a Tree Identification Key
- Elements of silviculture, including the management of residual trees and regeneration
- How forests support the hydrologic cycle and help provide clean water; land use and best management practices
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