Pine Plantation Forestry
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This George the Farmer Educational Resource aims to raise awareness about plantation forests resources, management, the interrelationships within plantation forests, and farming forests.
Plantation forests are of great value, as they make an economic contribution to the country from timber production and employment, while also contributing to catchment protection, recreation, and climate improvement.
Growing trees in plantations is just like growing a crop of wheat or barley. Except instead of harvesting one crop a year, trees in plantations can take up to 30 years before they reach the right height and diameter for mills to process them into timber. The people who grow and manage these forests are known as foresters.
Australia’s plantation forests supply most of the timber and a significant proportion of the paper products used by Australians, and are considered some of the most sustainably managed in the world. The forests are considered some of the most sustainable in the world.
This free curriculum-aligned educators guide for Foundation - Year 4 levels focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths and Sustainability (STEAM) subjects.
This George the Farmer educational resource is intended as starting points for a cross-curricular approach to learning, based on the George the Farmer YouTube video “George the Farmer Forestry” and its accompanying Virtual Reality (VR) experience ‘George the Farmer Forestry VR’ on YouTube or through the FarmVR app. Classes are encouraged to look at the video, the VR and read the lyrics to the song included in this resource. Follow up this guide with the Sustainable Forest Plantations educators resource.
The guide is divided into a series of Science, Technologies, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) activities aimed at students between the ages of 4 and 8 years. The activities seek to complement and extend the enjoyment students will experience from seeing the video, whilst at the same time meet some of the requirements of curriculum outcomes.
The activities in this resource can be printed out for students, or alternatively, display the activity page from the PDF on your interactive white board or import an activity page into your online teaching and learning environment such as Google Slides and have the students use their existing workbooks to complete the task.
This is a FREE curriculum-aligned guide. Enter your details to download the PDF. Payment details are not required.
This curriculum-linked learning resource was produced by George the Farmer Pty Ltd for Primary Producers SA (PPSA).
This project is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, through funding from the Australian Government's Educating Kids about Agriculture initiative.