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KET Electronic Field Trips
The Forest
Teacher’s Guide
Program Details—Part 3

Major themes:

  • everyday products from trees
  • forest management
  • timber harvesting
  • sustainability

Vocabulary terms (see glossary):

  • best management practices (BMPs)
  • block cut
  • clearcut
  • high-grade logging
  • Kentucky Forest Conservation Act
  • Master Logger Program
  • selective cut
  • vernal pool

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Kentucky Academic Expectations addressed:

  • 2.18: Students understand economic principles and are able to make economic decisions that have consequences in daily living.
  • 2.30: Students evaluate consumer products and services and make effective consumer decisions.


When Tim and the kids meet the next day, Tim discovers that the kids, their interest piqued, have looked through their houses for information about trees and products made from trees. Sharonda talks about looking through her house for products from trees. In a flashback, we see her conducting this scavenger hunt.

Considering all the trees it takes to create all those wood products, the kids talk about how hard it is to believe that there are still forests at all. Tim says that for the forests to survive, landowners and forestry professionals have to work together to ensure that they will remain healthy.

Tim and his young friends then meet a professional logger, Billy Joe Kerr, who explains that landowners ask him to harvest timber in a way that will ensure that the forest will continue to produce high-quality timber for many years to come. He outlines some of the different types of harvests that can be done and explains why some are better than others in meeting the goal of sustainability.

Billy Joe then demonstrates how he would selectively harvest some trees in order to get the timber he wants and still protect the health of a tree stand.

Next, Sarah Johns of the Kentucky Division of Forestry explains some specifics about how forests are managed in Kentucky:

  • how landowners, consultant foresters, and loggers all work together to create sustainable forests
  • the Kentucky Forest Conservation Act and its outcomes
  • best management practices
  • how everyone, including students and parents, needs to work together to help the forest environment

The program ends with Tim summarizing the concepts that were presented during the field trip.

Wood products seen in Sharonda’s scavenger hunt (see the tree products page for more ideas):

  • football helmet—made of ethyl cellulose, which is used for high-impact plastics
  • toilet paper—made from wood pulp
  • games—made from wooden pieces
  • shirt—made of rayon, which is derived from cellulose
  • cap—bill is made of ethyl cellulose
  • hair spray—a wood pulp byproduct
  • shampoo and conditioner—use methyl cellulose as a thickener
  • makeup—gets creamy texture from cellulose
  • paint—contains methyl cellulose as thickener
  • charcoal—made of burned wood
  • newspaper—made from wood pulp
  • film—made from cellulose acetate
  • crayons—made from tree resin
  • shredded cheese—kept from clumping by cellulose powder

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