In less than 36 hours, the Grade 7s will be heading out into the great beyond, the unexplored no-man’s land, the unknown, the outback, the…the…the…local forest (ho-hum). 🙂
Here’s our tentative itinerary and a few reminders for students and parents.
GLC to Dixie Rd. = 23km; Dixie Rd to end (ie. harvest area) = 27km
Three stops along Dixie Rd, one stop on Dixie West Rd.
1. Natural regeneration and thinning area (km 6 of Dixie Lake Rd.)
- This area was burned by the 1980 fire. Over 40,000 ha burned
- After the burn, some areas were seeded and planted with a variety of tree species common to this area (ie. jack pine and black spruce).
- Please notice any differences in plants and signs of wildlife.
- Why do forest burn?
2. Beaver Habitat (km 16 of Dixie Lake Rd.)
- Area that has been influenced by beaver
- Any evidence of beaver?
- What plant species do the beaver rely on?
3. Area that was harvest, planted and thinned (km 22 of Dixie Lake Rd.)
- Example of an area disturbed by humans.
- Can students distinguish whether or not it was harvested (ie. clearcut).
- Differences between with the burned area?
4. Active Harvest Operations (km 5 of Dixie West Rd.)
- Students will observe human disturbance in progress
- What are some initial thoughts? Impacts on landscape, what does it look like>
- Why are the trees being harvested?
- How much is harvested?
Students should check the note for pertinent details regarding clothing, cameras and times. I forgot to mention that parents are welcome, so if you are interested in coming, please let me know.