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Wisconsin School Forests: Opportunities for Student Monitoring Jeremy Solin Wis. School Forest Education Specialist August 20, 2004.

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1 Wisconsin School Forests: Opportunities for Student Monitoring Jeremy Solin Wis. School Forest Education Specialist August 20, 2004

2 Wisconsin School Forest Program Statewide School Forest Program Example Programs Discussion

3 LEAF - the Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Forestry

4 School Forest History School & Community Forest Law st School Forests at Laona, Wabeno and Crandon Goals Reforestation Income

5 School Forests Opportunities Meet state education standards Integrate environmental education Demonstrate sustainable natural resources management Strengthen school/community relationships Provide income for schools/school forests

6 School Forests Statistics ~ 325 School Forests 190 different public school districts (45%) 66 of 72 counties Range of sizes (>24,000 acres in total)

7 School Forest Education Specialist Public relations – build awareness Communication networks – website, In-service/training programs School forest funding "How to Grow a School Forest" handbook

8 Opportunities for Monitoring Access to land Statewide distribution Established program ripe for networking Continuity Dedicated teachers Exotic species Deer browse Tree growth Ephemeral ponds Plant diversity Birds

9 Example Programs: Tri-County SF Environmental counselors: researchers/educators Forest, wetland, and prairie monitoring Bluebird nest monitoring – Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin

10 Example Programs: West Salem SF Partnership with Fort McCoy Blandings Turtle monitoring Real data, real success Sandhill Wildlife Internships

11 Example Programs: Portage SF/River Crossing Charter School School forest restoration – prairie/oak savannah Partnership with Wis. Waterfowl Assoc.

12 Summary School forests are incredible educational and scientific resources Huge potential for student monitoring


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