Sep 062013

Diverse forest

Students explore the natural areas that are managed around Michigan (e.g. forests, lakes, rivers, prairies). Students will learn about the needs of the many interest groups that managers must satisfy when making a management plan. Students will then become National Forest managers of mini-stands in order to simulate the decisions that need to be made when creating a management plan and some of the unpredictable events that take place

At the conclusion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Name the types of natural areas that are managed in Michigan (and elsewhere)
  • List examples of considerations (interest groups, funding, policy etc.) that managers need to satisfy when creating a management plan
  • Describe the relationship between profitability and sustainability
  • Discuss some techniques that are used for management of forests


Lesson Plan created by GK-12 Fellows Melissa Kjelvik and Raffica La Rosa, 2009