Keywords: sustainability, silviculture, clearcut, shelterwood; Lesson Plan Grade Level: tenth through twelfth ecology/natural resource management class; Total Time Required for Lesson: 70-minute block (can be modified to fit different times); Setting: classroom

Goals for the Lesson

  • Students will gain an interest in the forest and a brief history about them.
  • Students will learn what sustainable forestry is.
  • Students will learn what silviculture is and how it is used to sustain forests.
  • Students will learn the importance of forests.

Materials Needed

State Standards Addressed: E & E Standards: Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources (4.2); Ecosystems and their interactions (4.6); Humans and the Environment (4.8)

Teaching Model: Lecture incorporating class discussion and questions.

Subjects Covered: ecology, biology, forestry

Topics: sustainable forestry, renewable resources, types of Silviculture


Lecture material while having students participate by answering and asking questions and allowing them to discuss what is being learned.


Worksheet at end of lesson


FRIT Class, Penn State, Dr. Sanford Smith

Downing, A., S. Smith, J. Finley, and S. Chunko (2000). From the Woods: Forest Stewardship . University Park, Pa.: The Pennsylvania State University.

Smith, S., J. Finley, and M. Jacobson (2002). From the Woods: Sustainable Forestry. University Park, Pa.: The Pennsylvania State University.



Eric Broughton, Liberty Jr. Sr. High School