Did You Know?

While there are many people whose main goal is to protect forests and other natural resources for the future, a career in forestry encompasses much more.  The Fire & Science organization has a web site to offer information for students looking for a career in the forestry industry.  Fore more information please visit their web site:


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Did you know that pine needles are high in acid?  When the needles fall to the ground it makes the soil acidic.  This can inhibit the growth of other plants, which often leaves the floor of pine forests bare.  Only plants that can withstand acidic levels will survive in this pine forest floor environment.

Did you know that the tallest pine in the world is the sugar pine?  The sugar pine generally grows to about 200 feet with a diameter of about 5 feet.


There are 5 important decisions to consider when planning your forest project:

1.  Market:  Knowing the type of timber market to sell to in 10-20 years

2.  Soils:  Know the soil series that comprises the land base to identify a soils potential to supply water and nutrients necessary for tree growth

3.  Climate:  When choosing a seedling, consider the climate zone where the seedling will be planted.  The main weather elements that drive tree growth are:

Rainfall, temperature, frost-free days & length of growing season

4.  Silviculture:  Silvics refers to the know-how in managing the site of a given tree species.  Establishment is the science of:

Genetic selection for a site, matching site preparation treatments to the genetic selection and proving the protection treatments that produce high trajectory growth

5.  Genetics:  Improved genetic seedlings are the result of more than fifty years of breeding, testing and parent selection that targets:

Improved growth, straightness, fusiform rust resistance, and reduced forking


Did you know that– Ecosystem services are the processes and outputs of nature that are of direct benefit to humans.

Ecosystems Services are grouped into 4 broad categories:

Provisioning–the production of food, fiber, clean water, and other goods.

Regulating–ecosystems regulate climate/temperature, the spread of disease, and control rate, quality and output of water.

Supporting Services–such as soil formation, carbon sequestration, nutrient and waste recycling and pollination.

Cultural Services–educational, aesthetic, cultural heritage values of ecosystems, including tourism and recreation.


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