Understanding Forests: Education for the General Public
Forests are a renewable resource that provide us with over 8000 different products. Proper management ensures that they continue to provide a wide range of benefits perpetually. But how much do you actually know about forests?
Through a combination of videos and short readings you will learn about forest trees, wildlife, water, forest ecology, history, and management. You'll take away practical, hands-on skills, and be able to check your learning with short, ungraded assessments. Download and print the handouts that accompany this self-paced course.
Although this course focuses on Pennsylvania woods, much of the information applies to land in other states as well, particularly those in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
- Anyone who wishes to learn more about forests.
You will learn how to:
- understand the history of Pennsylvania forests
- recognize the current trends in forest ownership and management
- teach youth using appropriate forest teaching activities and curricula
- understand how abiotic, biotic, and cultural factors shape ecosystems
- recognize specific habitats and species of Pennsylvania
- use a tree ID to identify trees
- make sense of the key elements of siviculture
- understand best land use and management practices
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Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.
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