Hi! My name is Ms. Hoskins. Please join me while I travel to Maryland to study Climate Change and Fragmented Forests!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Tree Growth and Air Quality

Today I learned how to measure trees at DBH (data breast high) which is about 3.1 meters from the forest floor. This measurement is marked with tags and flags and plotted into a ten by ten hectare. The tape measure we are using (see above) is special; it automatically measures diameter, not circumference. This is great as I do not have to use any math formulas to arrive at the correct measurements! A dendromenter is attached. This metal spring slowly opens as the tree grows and scientist measure the tree growth and compare each tree to all the other trees in the forest. They are trying to find ways to create/maintain healthy forests; not only in America, but all over the world. China, India, Brazil, and England are also engaged in this same experiment. The forest I am working in has over 52 species of trees spread out over 2500 acres.


At November 30, 2009 at 4:25 PM , Blogger Stefanie said...

How is measuring tree width going to help protect forests? Are these types of trees endangered?

At November 30, 2009 at 9:05 PM , Blogger Vickie said...

When we measure the trees we can determine which are dying and which are thriving. This helps in forest management. Also, we measure CO2, woody forest debris, and water vapor release; which help determine if a forest is re-generating or dying.

At December 1, 2009 at 7:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can we as a people try to help the fragmented forests survive in our towns, neighborhoods, Etc? I have been trying to find ways to help the environment but noting seems like it would prove that beneficial.

-Tennison Gray

At December 1, 2009 at 7:19 PM , Anonymous T. Gray said...

What as a people can we do to help fragmented forest survive in our areas?


At December 1, 2009 at 8:01 PM , Blogger Vickie said...

There are many ways to help the fragmented forests. Car emmissions kill trees, so many people bike or walk to school or to work. Others car pool or use public transportation. Methane gas hurts the environment and the biggest contributors here are cows (think how large the burger industry is) which is why so many people are becomming vegetarians. People plant trees around their homes and neighborhoods. Students can start re-cycling programs at school. You can look at all the garbage your family generates in one week. Can any of it be composted (this makes great soil for those newly planted trees). Can you plant a vegetable garden in your back yard? You may have to start small and figure out ways to help your immediate surroundings before you try to tackle larger areas. If everyone helped their immediate surroundings, then the problem would be more manageable.


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