“Forest health” is an important concept often not covered in tree, forest, insect, or fungal ecology and biology. With minimal, inexpensive equipment, students can investigate and conduct their own forest health survey to assess the percentage of trees with natural or artificial wounds or stress. Insects and diseases in the forest are the focus, though student guides could be modified for many terrestrial or aquatic systems, depending on location. The lesson is geared toward older students, with suggestions for adaptation in earlier grades as well.
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Research Article| October 01 2014
Forest Health Detectives
Tara L. Bal
Tara L. Bal
1TARA L. BAL has a PhD in Forest Science from the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University. She researches forest health issues, including native and nonnative species, and often teaches forest science to K–12 as community outreach. She can be contacted at SFRES, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The American Biology Teacher (2014) 76 (8): 536–541.
Tara L. Bal; Forest Health Detectives. The American Biology Teacher 1 October 2014; 76 (8): 536–541. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2014.76.8.7
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