Sustainable Forest Management in British Columbia:
A Secondary School Teacher’s Resource
Suitability: Science 10, Social Studies 10, Sustainable Resources 11 & 12, Geography 12, BC First Nations 12
Sustainable forest management seeks to conserve the natural biodiversity, productivity and ecosystem health of BC’s forests while still providing for ongoing economic and social needs of British Columbians. This new resource kit examines the importance of our forests, the various values we place on our forests, and how our forest management activities are driven by laws that reflect public values making BC a world leader in forest management practices.
This resource kit includes curricular connections, lesson plan, activity sheets, teacher background information, glossary, web links and a DVD.
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- Helping Regrow BC’s Forests – The Saanich Seed Orchard help with preserving and replanting tree species across the province
Climate Change, our forests our future
Suitability: Science 10, Earth Science 11, Social Studies 11, Geography 12 and Sustainable Resources 11 & 12
Our climate is changing and we know that we must work together to mitigate its effects in any way we can. This new teaching resource highlights how our forests and the wood products that we produce from our forests play a key role in modifying the effects of climate change. It provides classroom project ideas to stimulate discussion and activities students can do at school and at home.
The resource includes lesson plan, activity sheets, teacher background information, extension activities, narrated slide presentation on DVD and posters.
Demonstrates how wood products are an excellent choice to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment.
Learn how British Columbia forests and forest products help mitigate climate change.
Produced in collaboration with the B.C. Forest Sector Climate Action Steering Committee.
British Columbia’s Mountain Pine Beetle:
Today and Tomorrow The changing landscape of BC’s interior pine forests.
Suitability: Science 8, Social Studies 10, Biology 11, Geography 12, Forests 11/12
Outlines the contributing factors of the mountain pine beetle outbreak and its spread across BC’s interior pine forests and takes a look at the effects it will have on the forest industry as well as local and provincial economies.
Resource kit includes: DVD, PowerPoint, lesson plans, activity sheets, posters, and samples lodgepole pine bark, mountain pine beetles and blue stained pine wood.
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BC Forest Products for the World
Suitability: Social Studies 10, Economics, Marketing 11/12, Forestry 11, Sustainable Resources 11/12 With over 80% of all BC wood products destined for international markets, the importance of maintaining and growing these markets is critical to the forest industry and to BC’s economy. This new teaching resource will examine the development of BC’s forest industry, its dependence on international markets and the challenges and opportunities the forest industry faces in maintaining markets in Asia.
This resource kit includes: DVD, PowerPoint, lesson plans, curricular connections, teacher’s background information, glossary and web links.
Additional Video Links
Historical Videos (click on the title to take you to the video)
- 1946 Vocational Guidance Film : Forestry and Forest Industries – a snapshot of forestry careers in the ’40s
- Allison Logging; Coastal Logging in the early 20 Century – Logging on British Columbia’s Central Coast.
- From Stump to Ship - a 1930 logging film – The long log drive: a spring journey down icy streams and rivers moving logs from the forest to the mill for sawing into boards, laths, and clapboards. For more than 150 years, logging techniques remained the same. Men cut trees by hand and loaded them on horse-drawn sleds to be hauled over snow to the river. Skilled river drivers maneuvered the logs downstream, risking their limbs and lives every day. This film survives as a record of the long log business. Highly detailed scenes, filmed year-round, are uniquely enhanced by the original script, written to be read with the silent footage in the 1930s.
- BC Logging 1: historical look at forestry in BC
- BC Logging 2 : historical look at forestry in BC
- West Coast Logging Legacy – This Squamish Historical Society video documentary traces the evolution of logging on the West Coast from the early days using animal power, to the era of the “steam donkey” and railway logging, leading up to modern highly mechanized forestry operations, including heli and underwater logging.
- Maple Ridge, BC Logging History – Photos from the early 1930′s of logging trucks around Kanaka Creek falls,272nd street area and the log dump at the Fraser River in Whonnock, beside the log sort yard that is still there.
Last Updated: July 25, 2013