400-Acre Wood


Activity Description: 

In this activity, students will play the role of managers of a 400-acre (162 hectare) piece of public forest. Through this role, students will begin to understand the complex considerations that influence management decisions about forest lands.


Students will experience the analysis and decision-making involved in managing forest land. Students will understand that any land-use decision has a number of consequences for people, wildlife, and plants.

Doing the Activity: 

Activity details are on page 16 of the pdf linked below.


Copies of student pages (in pdf below); a yellow marker; chart paper; colored markers; calculators (optional); masking tape; overhead projector and transparencies (optional)

Preparation: 60 minutes; Activity: Two or three 50 minute periods
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