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Out of the Woods

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Out of the Woods Educator's Guide

Previewing Information/Terminology

The following is a list of terms with which students should become familiar. A group discussion of pertinent vocabulary prior to viewing will be valuable for conceptual understanding.

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Using AETN's "Out of the Woods" in the classroom

This program is designed to create an understanding of the importance of conservation and the replenishing of the timber taken from the forests of Arkansas. It is hoped that education regarding this issue will increase the health of our forests by appropriately managing our timberlands for the productive use of future generations.

The following questions and activities are suggestions for introduction prior to the viewing of "Out of the Woods." The suggested study will encourage student learning in the subjects of social studies, ecological sciences and economics. In an effort to integrate curricular competencies, suggestions will propose cross-curricular activities in language arts, science, mathematics, social studies, research, reference skills and Internet access. All activities support objectives from the Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks and may be assigned as individual or cooperative group assignments. The "Out of the Woods" study guide is designed for grades 7-12. Post viewing questions and suggested extension activities follow and are designed to stimulate understanding of the importance of management of our natural forests.

Pre/Post Viewing Questions

Pre-Viewing:

Introduce the topic with a discussion of ecology and conservation of natural resources. Utilize some of the following questions/directions to lead the discussion:

  1. Have students generate a list of trees that are native to Arkansas.
  2. Identify on a map areas of the state that are timberlands. Label National Forests, State Parks and the Mississippi River Delta.
  3. Explore predictions regarding the reason that most trees in the Ozark timberlands are so equal in height.
  4. Identify the variety of employment opportunities that are provided by Arkansas timberlands.
  5. How would the introduction of the railroad through the state have affected the wealth of timber in Arkansas over 150 years ago?
  6. Explore predictions regarding possible management techniques used for timber regeneration.
  7. Identify the importance of conservation and replenishing of forest timber in Arkansas to future generations.

Post-Viewing:

  1. What were the important aspects of conservation of forests relayed in the documentary?
  2. What management options are open to the private land owners of Arkansas.
  3. Describe the multiple uses of forests.
  4. Brainstorm problems that would result from poor management of forests.
  5. How does timber harvesting affect the economy in Arkansas?
  6. Describe the efforts of industry to replant or replenish what is used from timberlands.

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Directory of Forestry and Wildlife Consultants

Private consultants provide services ranging from development and management plans to implementation of on-the-ground practices. For a listing of forestry professionals in your area, contact the Arkansas Forestry Association toll free at 1-888-MY TREES or consult the following additional sources:

Arkansas Forestry Commission

3821 W. Roosevelt Road
Little Rock, AR 72214
(501) 501-296-1940

The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) is a state agency dedicated to supporting and enhancing forestry-related economic development opportunities in Arkansas.

The AFC will provide free of charge a range of technical assistance such as woodland examinations, preparation of forest management plans, regeneration recommendations, forest health information and other pertinent information related to the management of individual tracts of land. It also provides assistance through a number of government sponsored cost-share and incentive programs such as the Forestry Incentives Program and the Forest Stewardship Program.

The AFC will provide a number of technical services for a fee including timber marketing, tree planting (on a limited basis), fireland construction and prescribed burning. It owns and operates a tree improvement complex and a tree seedling nursery for production of pine and hardwood seedlings for sale to private landowners.

Arkansas Timber Producers Association

2311 Biscayne Drive, Suite 115
Little Rock, AR 72227
(501) 224-2232

The Arkansas Timber Producers Association (ATPA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents and promotes the interests of Arkansas' professional logging and timber producing industry. ATPA administers a professional logger training and education program and maintains a list of all participants enrolled in training. ATPA will make this information available to landowners who are seeking to verify the credentials of prospective logging contractors. In addition, landowners are encouraged to attend training sessions in their area.

University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service

P.O. Box 391
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 671-2000

The Cooperative Extension Service (CES) maintains a network of county offices that provide information and educational services. Services include on-site evaluations of management practices, timber marketing information, forestry budgets, diagnostic services such as soil samples and disease identification, and assistance with wildlife management plans. The CES also informs landowners of any cost-sharing programs that are available. For assistance, contact the county extension office nearest you or call the number listed above.

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

# 2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 223-6300

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AG&FC) is responsible for managing the state's fish and wildlife resources to provide sustainable public hunting and fishing opportunities. AG&FC's Wildlife Management Division provides technical advice for wildlife management on private lands, assistance for the control of nuisance animal problems and information on how to apply for cost-sharing programs that benefit wildlife. The AG&FC's Informational and Educational Services provide landowners information through magazines, leaflets, brochures and other materials.

United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service

Federal Building Room 5404
700 W. Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 324-5418

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides national leadership in the conservation and wise use of soil, water and related natural resources through landowner assistance programs that provide technical and financial assistance (Forestry Incentives Program, Wetland Reserve Program, Waterbank Program and others). Landowner assistance is available in soil & water management, conservation work in woodlands, pond construction and improvement of fish and wildlife habitats.

Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts

101 East Capitol, Suite 350
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-2915

The Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization representing the 76 natural resource conservation districts across the state. Member districts are local units of state government that work with federal and state resource management agencies and local landowners to promote the conservation and wise use of the nation's natural resources.

Farm Services Agency

700 W. Capitol Ave., Room 5416
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 324-6271

The Farm Services Agency (FSA), formerly the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, is an agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It administers several programs for landowners, including the Conservation Reserve Program, which is designed to enhance environmental and wildlife benefits by converting eligible cropland to trees or other permanent vegetative cover. The Agricultural Conservation Program shares the cost of conservation practices with farmers and ranchers and helps protect soil, water, wildlife and woodland resources. FSA also maintains a number of other program responsibilities that were formerly performed by the Farmers Home Administration.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife & Habitat Management Office

P.O. Box 396
St. Charles, AR 72140
(501) 282-3213

The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) administers the Partners for Wildlife Program, which offers financial and technical assistance to landowners who wish to restore wetland habitats on lands that are currently degraded or converted wetlands, especially prior-converted or farmed wetlands, or are riparian, stream or other critical habitats. The USFWS administers a Challenge Cost Share Program that can be used to fund enhancement and other projects which do not necessarily involve taking land out of production, or restoring native self-sustaining vegetation.

Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission

101 E. Capitol, Suite 350
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-3954

The mission of the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission (ASWCC) is to "manage and protect our water and land resources for the health, safety and economic benefit of the state of Arkansas." The ASWCC also administers the Wetland and Riparian Zone Creation Tax Credit Program, which provides financial incentives (certificate of tax credits and other incentives) to private landowners for the restoration and enhancement of wetlands and riparian zones, and the creation of new wetlands and riparian zones when possible.

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

1500 Tower Building
323 Center Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 324-9150

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) is responsible for identifying rare species and exemplary plant communities (natural areas) in Arkansas and working to protect them through the state environmental review process, cooperative management with landowners and acquisition of fee title or partial interest in land. For additional information on ANHC's Wetland Inventory Program, Land Acquisition Program and Wetland Easement Program, please call the number listed above.

The Nature Conservancy

Arkansas Field Office
601 North University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 663-6699

The Nature Conservancy offers a variety of conservation arrangements for landowners: management agreements; acquisition (including partial interests and fee title); land exchanges; conservation easements; retained life estates (donate home or farm for tax benefits while retaining lifetime use); bargain sales; donations; technical assistance for identification and management of natural resources through information transfers and site visits; and restoration and enhancement of bottomland hardwoods.

Ducks Unlimited

Route 2, Box 104A
Dewitt, AR 72042
(501) 282-3788

The mission of Ducks Unlimited is to fulfill the annual life cycle needs of North American waterfowl by protecting, enhancing, restoring and managing important wetlands and associated uplands. Ducks Unlimited works with the Arkansas Partners Project, a cooperative effort that offers free technical assistance, water control structures, and reforestation equipment/cost-sharing to restore and enhance selected wetlands and agricultural fields for waterfowl during winter. This project applies to landowners who own land in 32 designated Arkansas counties.

Other numbers and addresses:

Arkansas Tree Farm Program
P.O. Box 401
Little Rock, AR 72203-0401
Toll free (888) MY TREES

Arkansas Farm Bureau
10720 Kanis Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72211
(501) 224-4400

Arkansas Cattleman's Association
310 Executive Ct.
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 224-2114

Weyerhaeuser Company
P.O. Box 1060
Hot Springs, AR 71902
1-800-217-7364

Potlatch Corporation
P.O. Box 390
Warren, AR 71671
(501) 226-2611

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