Closing the Loop
In the forest life cycle, what goes up must come down. Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science capitalizes on plant-to-harvest teachable moments as experienced students show first-year Huskies how to fell and process trees as they prepared to host the Woodchuck Games at the Ford Forest.
The repurposed trees (one felled during each of four demonstrations last month) are cut up on site in a portable sawmill, bringing the learning experience full circle. But first, students in Tara Bal's (SFRES) field techniques class learn how to measure trees. They also use densitometers to determine the percentage of forest-canopy coverage. Teaching assistant Laura Jacobs supervised the lab on pre-marked trees on the Tech Trails. Read the full story.