Unhealthy Forests and the News was developed by the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources & Conservation (SFRC) Extension Programs.
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In this activity, students read, critically analyze, and compare two articles covering a national forest health issue. The articles are written in the style of news reports. While both articles cover the same story, they are told from different perspectives. While the articles were written for this exercise, the data are factual and the concerns expressed are representative of how this particular issue has been conveyed in various news media articles.
Following the activity, students discuss who determines the values by which a forest is judged as healthy and how a phenomenon in a forest—such as a disease epidemic—should be reported.
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