Lesson 6A: Sustaining Forests to Sustain Communities

Lesson 6A: Sustaining Forests to Sustain Communities           Grade level:   10 – 12                        Time Length:  One class period
Cross Curricular/Cross Lessons: 1B: Ecological Changes and Consequences; 1D: Consistent Issues; 2C: Stewardship, Consequences and New Ideas; 3B: Conservationists, Preservationists and Capitalists; 6B: How Forests Protect Water; 6C: Managing the Forests; 6D: That’s a Wrap
PDE Academic Standards: 4.3.10.A; 4.1.12.E


Students will understand the connection between environments and human prosperity
Students will understand how complex environmental problems can be
Students will understand how poverty/prosperity and the environment connect


Seeking the Greatest Good


Anticipatory Set:  (2min)      “Moment of Zen”       Discuss the quote as it relates to both students and the topic.
“Without natural resources, life itself is impossible. From birth to death, natural resources, transformed for    human use, feed, cloth, shelter, and transport us. Upon them we depend for every material necessity, comfort,       convenience, and protection in our lives. Without abundant resources prosperity is out of reach.”

– Gifford Pinchot, Breaking New Ground


–Watch Chapter VI of Seeking the Greatest Good

–As a class, answer the following questions:
1. How did the Forest Health-Human Health Initiative come into being and how is it an example of the complex       problems facing conservation and the partnership between private and public enterprise?
2.  What are the advantages of putting a “dollar value” to abstract things like clean air?
3.  Explain what it takes to transition from a natural resource based economy to one of sustainability?
4.  Address the problem in this chapter: How do you keep an industry alive, support a community and do it all           while sustaining natural resources and forest ecosystems?  How do we balance?
5.  Describe and explain the difference between correlation and causation when it comes to deforestation and the       economy?
6.  How does the Ecomadera project address the complex problem of tropical deforestation?

–For further research, develop your own solution to deforestation in either the tropical rainforests or the hardwood forests of the U.S.

Students will answer the Key Questions:
What happens when you force an ecosystem to do something other than what it was intended by nature?
Why are healthy ecosystems important for society?

Students will be evaluated on their responses to the questions and their solutions.

Previous Page   Next Page