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Wisconsin School Forest Monitoring: Engaging Teachers and Students. Jeremy Solin Wisconsin School Forest Coordinator. October 5, 2006 Citizen-based Monitoring Conference. Wisconsin School Forest Monitoring. Wisconsin School Forest Program Garlic Mustard Monitoring Project - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Wisconsin School Forest Monitoring: Engaging Teachers and StudentsJeremy SolinWisconsin School Forest CoordinatorOctober 5, 2006Citizen-based Monitoring Conference

  • Wisconsin School Forest MonitoringWisconsin School Forest ProgramGarlic Mustard Monitoring ProjectWisconsin Worm WatchFuture SF Monitoring Projects

  • Wisconsin School Forest ProgramWisconsin School Forest Ed. SpecialistLEAF - The Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education ProgramWisconsin Center for Environmental Education and the WDNR - Forestry

  • School Forest HistorySchool & Community Forest Law 19271st School Forests at Laona, Wabeno and CrandonGoalsReforestationIncome

  • School Forest OpportunitiesMeet state education standardsFocus to integrate environmental education into curriculumConnect students to placeDemonstrate sustainable natural resources management Strengthen school/community relationshipsProvide income

  • School Forests Today348 School Forests195 different public school districts (45%)67 of 72 countiesRange of sizes (>24,000 acres in total)Range of utilization (daily never)

  • School Forest Monitoring ProjectsGarlic Mustard MonitoringWisconsin NatureMapping Special ProjectTrainingTeacher and Student UseDataWisconsin Worm WatchProject goalsProject activities

  • Wisconsin NatureMapping Special Project

  • Garlic Mustard TrainingMay 200520 teachers from 17 districtsMay 20069 interested citizensGarlic Mustard natural history and controlWisconsin NatureMappingGPSData collection and submission

  • Teacher and Student Use16 sites surveyedStudents involved in most of the surveysAll survey respondents expected to use the project in their classroom

  • Garlic Mustard DataArea Surveyed~20 sites 9 sites with garlic mustardaverage area = 3 acresPulling was implemented at 7 sites

  • Wisconsin Worm WatchBuild on success of the garlic mustard projectIncrease awareness of earth worms as an exotic, invasive speciesEngage students and citizens in monitoring projectsPartnership with Great Lakes Worm Watch, NatureMapping, CBMPP

  • Wisconsin Worm WatchProject on Wisconsin NatureMapping websiteTraining for teachers and citizensCollect and submit data

  • School Forest DataHow is the information used?Component of EE programManagement of school forest landsLocal and state land management organizations and agencies

  • Future SF Monitoring EffortsSchool Forest Monitoring NetworkTree species, diameter, and height (volume, growth rates)Tree healthUnderstory diversityInvertebratesTree regenerationForest floor vertebratesInvasive plantsDowned woody debrisPhenologyWildlife populationsDiversity

  • School Forest MonitoringSummarySchool forests are a network of nearly 200 potential monitoring sites across the stateGarlic mustard and Worm watch projects provide examples of possibilitiesIncredible potential to include students and teachers in monitoring

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